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We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. As the only kid’s gym that offers an inclusive philosophy we have found all children can benefit from our uniquely designed sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders.
In our experience, all children are able to benefit greatly from this equipment! By allowing children of all ability levels to play together, they are able to learn a great deal from each other.
Specially-Designed Sensory Play Equipment
What makes We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym unique is that every one of our indoor playground locations includes ten pieces of specialized play equipment. These ten pieces of equipment are designed and manufactured for WRTS, with the developmental needs of children with sensory processing disorders in mind.
This equipment is sometimes used in our gyms by Occupational Therapists, who run sessions with the children they work with inside some gym locations. However – the equipment is also tested every day by the world’s foremost experts on having a good time: every kid who comes through our doors!
Our Ten Specialized Pieces of Sensory Equipment:
The zip line is a great way to build strength and muscle endurance, enhancing a child’s ability to integrate and tolerate movement while they challenge themselves to hold on long enough to make it to the other end.
- Upper Body Strength
- Fast Movement
- Jumping & Tumbling
Zip Box with Slide
The zip box works like a stepping stool that children can climb in order to use the zip line. The structure has stairs, a ramp, and a slide – making it a great social gathering place for kids engaged in different kinds of play to interact.
- Gross Motor Coordination
- Climbing & Planning
The crash pit is fun and inviting! It’s a perfect landing spot for the end of the zip line, or for kids who are practicing their highest jumps. Add a weighted blanket to the crash pit for a calming quiet space for a child who needs a sensory rest.
- Safe Falling
- Deep Pressure Stimulation
The place for building lower body strength, the trampoline helps teach balance. Jumping or sitting on the trampoline helps vestibular perception, and playing on the trampoline improves proprioception – the control and movement of ligaments, joints, and small muscles.
- Gross Motor Control
The tunnel is a non-threatening cozy hideout for a child in need of a break. It can also make a great hiding spot in a pinch! The resistance, enclosed space, and tactile input from crawling through the tunnel can all be sensory experiences.
- Tactile Exploration
- Abstract Thinking
The carpet swing is fun and stimulating for swinging, spinning, or gliding side-to-side. Stationary eye hooks and strong rope make it a great place for reading, schoolwork, and various occupational therapy exercises.
- Body Control
The hammock swing is a small, cozy, yet sturdy swing that’s great for self-calming. Reclining in the swing and rocking rhythmically can help soothe strong emotions, improve proprioception, and provide deep pressure.
- Deep Pressure Stimulation
The climbing structure promotes full-body awareness, motor planning, and bilateral coordination. The total-body exercise, combined with gravity, provides important joint and body coordination experiences.
- Motor Planning
- Upper Body Strength
The bolster swing is most often straddled like a horse. Pushing and pulling on the ropes gives it motion from side to side, and is a great motor planning and motor sequencing activity.
- Motor Sequencing
- Balance Control
Swivel Rotators & Carabiners with Webbing
Rotators’ ability to move in any direction make swinging extra fun and challenging. The webbing and carabiners offer a secure way to hang swings and give children the fun of not knowing exactly what direction their swing is going to move!
- Experimental Play
- Full-Body Coordination
Because the gym was founded as a place where all can play, but specifically to target the needs of children with autism. Our equipment is designed to address the gross motor systems of children with autism and other special needs. Allowing children to play using the sensory based equipment encourages them to expand their mind and reach new heights of ability levels.
This also gives the children a chance to use their imagination and become their favorite characters while experiencing the exhilaration of climbing, jumping, swinging, crashing, crawling, running or zipping on any one of the various pieces of awesome equipment found at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym.
At We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, we provide Play With A Purpose.
Play With A Purpose is exercising and stimulating any of the seven senses through positive physical, emotional and social development. These seven senses include sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch, the vestibular system, and proprioception. Our specially designed sensory-safe equipment and the classes that we offer all work to encourage these!
Our Owners & Staff
The owners of We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms around the world are our real strength! We tell our owners that you don’t need to be an expert to start your own gym. We expect you to be ready to have your own business, and have some experience with kids on the spectrum, and being open to learn about special needs in general.
We also ask you to bring your passion and your unique touch to starting your own We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym location! Starting your own franchise is a big step, and we’ll be there to help.
The enthusiasm, creativity, humor, and love that our owners bring to their gym locations is what makes We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym such a special place. When you open a gym, you’ll be in charge of building your own team of passionate, outgoing, and playful staff to engage with children and families during Open Play, Classes, and Birthday Parties!
The parents who bring their children to We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym are simply amazing. As a whole, our parents have embraced our philosophies and helped us work toward growing and improving many aspects of our gym. Parents of all children, regardless of ability or developmental level, have been seen volunteering, helping with many children and being a positive influence on all our kids. Without the assistance and encouragement of these fantastic parents, the children would have a very difficult time growing and improving their skills the way they do.
The Rock Shop
As our retail portion of the We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, parents and therapists have the ability to purchase some unique and fun sensory-based toys at our retail store, The Rock Shop.
Full of great fun and learning, The Rock Shop has fun We Rock The Spectrum gear featuring our mascot, Rock Boy! You can also get fun sensory toys, puzzles, and costumes for play time at home.