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Autism Friendly Gym Prepares For Opening – KDLT-TV

August 22, 2016 | In:

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Forget treadmills, ellipticals and free weights.

One gym in Orange City, Iowa that is preparing for their grand opening next week, is filled with slides and swings.

The unique gym was built to make sure every kid across the spectrum has a safe place to play.

“Autism affects our life every single second,” says Rachel Brunsting.

It’s been four years since her 9-year-old son was diagnosed with autism.

“He has a real sensitivity to ultra-violent lights and so he’s always in a hat, he has tented glasses, so it affects all parts of his body,” she adds.

Brunsting says a main symptom of the development disorder is struggling with sensory processing.