Gym That Caters to Children with Autism & Special Needs to Open First Location in State of TN
September 7, 2021 | In:
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym has officially began construction and anticipate their Franklin location to open sometime this fall.
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, an international children’s gym franchise, is opening its first location in Tennessee: We Rock the Spectrum – Franklin. The opening date has yet to be announced, but is anticipated to come by early Fall 2021.
The new owners, Steven and Samantha Komarnitsky, have secured the new location at 113 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 203 Williamson Square Franklin TN 37064. Construction has already begun for this recreational space that is the first of its kind in the state. The franchise’s mission is to provide an inclusive community for children and young adults of all abilities.
We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) is a franchise opportunity with more than 90 locations across 24 states and eight countries that provides sensory-safe play for kids with autism, special needs, and neurotypical development. Each gym features twelve pieces of therapeutic equipment designed to work with many of the sensory processing issues that children on the spectrum face, while providing all children with the sensory-diet necessary for improved learning and neurological development.
The motto for all We Rock the Spectrum gyms is “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry!”
Steven and Samantha Komarnitsky are the parents of Nash, age 7, and Colette, aka Coco, age 4. In 2017, Nash was diagnosed with autism. Though it was a difficult process, the diagnosis came as a relief, as it allowed them to figure out a plan of action in getting the right treatments, therapies, and resources. They first came across We Rock the Spectrum in Los Angeles, CA and fell in love with the concept and the services that it provided for their whole family. Classified as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, WRTS was also able to provide them and families in their community with respite care as they worked from home.
The Komarnitsky’s relocated to Franklin in December 2020 with the intention of bringing We Rock the Spectrum along with them.
“We are extremely mission-minded, and our goal is to become the go-to place for parents of kids with disabilities to find support,” says Steven. “We also have a non-profit called My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation. We raise funds and sponsor families in need of our services and amenities.”
The non-profit sponsored free essential childcare during COVID-19 and continues to help underprivileged families participate in social skills, classes, private therapies, and occupational therapies. It will also be providing volunteer opportunities for the community.
Once announced, the business will begin accepting applications for part-time positions, internships, and volunteers. Staffing will be partial to applicants with experience in the special needs community.
What to expect
- Facilities offer 12 pieces of therapeutic equipment that help with sensory processing, like a zip line with vestibular sensations.
- Children of all ages and conditions have a place at WRTS Franklin, and the facility offers respite and break time care for families who need to step away for a break. For children who require a higher level of care, one-to-one attendant care is available.
- The gym offers everything from open play, during which kids have full use of the facility, to field trips for classes and birthday party rentals. A variety of children’s classes will be offered, including yoga, music and dance.
- The gym may even offer a big brother and sister type program, in which an older teen or young adult would be paired with a child.
- After the launch of the Franklin location, the Komarnitsky’s hope to later expand to Nashville and across Tennessee.