How A Lafayette Gym Hopes To Help Kids On The Autism Spectrum – WBAA
April 17, 2017 | In:
A children’s gym recently opened in Lafayette is one of few in the state to offer equipment tailored for children on the autism spectrum.
“Yeah, I like the arts and crafts, and this part – there’s a lot of stuff I like,” says Trenton Coleman, 7, about his favorite things at the new Lafayette gym.
It’s called We Rock the Spectrum and it looks like others in Lafayette, just with less equipment and softer music. That’s because it’s tailored to sensory needs of children on the autism spectrum, such as Lafayette resident Cait Coleman’s youngest son, Trenton’s little brother.
“I like the calming room, because we do have fits sometimes and it makes me feel more comfortable being here alone with them, versus if we were to go somewhere else,” Cait Coleman says. “If he were to have a meltdown – I accept it, but not everyone else does. So, I just feel a lot more at ease.”
Owner Meagan Carrero worked as an applied behavioral analysis therapist before opening the facility. She also has a son diagnosed with autism and says she saw a need for an autism-inclusive facility in Lafayette.