Gym welcomes kids of every neurological status – Albany Times Union
November 6, 2017 | In:
There’s a new gym for children in Ballston Spa unlike any other in the Capital Region.
Called We Rock the Spectrum, the gym is stocked with special equipment designed to suit the needs of children with sensory processing disorders, a condition where the brain and nervous system have trouble processing or integrating stimuli. A diagnosis of autism often comes with a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder.
We Rock the Spectrum is a franchise founded in California in 2010 by a mom who had trouble finding the right fit for her son with autism.
Often, Dina Kimmel would take her son, Gabriel, to play somewhere, only to have him become overstimulated by the environment and have a meltdown. Kimmel found herself apologizing far too often to other parents for her son’s behavior.
“Finally a place where I never have to say, ‘I’m sorry,’ ” became Kimmel’s motto as she founded We Rock the Spectrum. The idea spread, and 60 franchises have opened in 22 states since Kimmel launched the venture in 2013.
Eva Millard, who owns We Rock the Spectrum in Ballston Spa, doesn’t have a child with a sensory disorder. Her 5-year-old daughter, Emilia, is neurotypical. But as an occupational therapist in a local school for children with autism, Millard often met with parents who couldn’t find anywhere to bring their children to play.