It was something Katy Miller saw in Texas and knew Lake Charles needed—a sensory gym.
The former special needs teacher recently opened the city’s first sensory gym.
It’s a place for all children to go, have fun and not feel judged.
Karson Dietz parents describe him as a people person who loves joking around and being silly.
But Karson also has autism.
“He enjoys coming here and it helps out tremendously with his therapy,” said Karson’s father, Tony Dietz.
The place where Karson is having so much fun is a new gym called We Rock the Spectrum.
“A friend of mine in Houston had another friend who opened one of these gyms,” said the owner, Katy Miller. “I’d never heard of it so I looked into it actually this past June.”
Miller’s curiosity led her to open the first sensory gym in Lake Charles. This gym provides resources and activities in an environment that benefits Karson and other children who have autism.
And though the gym’s only been open for a few days, Karson’s parents can see the impact it’s having on him.
“Since he’s come to the gym, he has talked about the gym,” said Karson’s stepmother, Amy Dietz. “It’s been appropriate talk. On the way here he was very excited and he was speaking in complete sentences and initiating conversation, whereas we’re not having to ask him questions, he was doing it on his own.”