BOCA RATON, FL – With an emphasis on fun at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym in suburban Boca Raton, kids are found jumping on the trampoline, riding the zip line, laughing, shouting and having a great time. While this fun is taking place, so is therapy and instruction for kids on the autism spectrum. “He’s holding on, which is good,” said Jennifer Guttenberg, an Occupational Therapist, while working with one of the children on the zip line. “I also asked him if he wants more, and he said “Yes”, so we’re also getting the speech interaction and social interaction as well, which is good.” Guttenberg uses this type of gym equipment to help the children she works with who have autism, develop their senses. Read More
Our Founder/CEO Was Recently Honored as the Woman of Entrepreneurship. In an award ceremony which took place right before tip-off of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball game on December 19, 2014, our Founder and CEO, Dina Kimmel was awarded with the Woman of Entrepreneurship Award by Comerica Bank and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Comerica Bank Women’s Business Award Program recognizes women in leadership roles in Southern California and presents the award as a tribute to their contributions to the community. It takes strong leadership to run a franchise network of multiple independent businesses and Dina’s hard work and dedication were recognized in a big way. The award itself is much more significant than just being named as the Woman of Entrepreneurship but also symbolizes how far We Rock the Spectrum has come. Due to her determination, business savvy, intellect, and passion, Dina has worked to make a huge difference in the lives of so many families and worked hard to grow WRTS to the …
We Rock is in the news! Check out Curbed LA’s recent article, “China’s Skyscraper Lessons; Designing Inclusive Playgrounds.” We’re thrilled to be setting an example and being a part of a movement towards the design of inclusive playgrounds! Read the entire article here http://goo.gl/gdqSsU or go to the direct link https://medium.com/re-form/all-access-play-52fad54b1009
Since the inception of Women Empowered, I have come across many women from all walks of life and a considerable number of female entrepreneurs. There’s a thriving female entrepreneurial community here in Los Angeles and many have inspirational stories that are the driving force behind their businesses. One woman in particular who has recently inspired me is Dina Kimmel, Founder and CEO of We Rock the Spectrum. Dina’s story was so powerful and filled with layers of empowerment, that I felt it was my duty to share her story with the rest of the world. Read More
GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) — Deborah Portnoy and Michael Cohen have over 25 years between them working with special needs populations. Their 14-year-old son, Harry, is autistic, as well. So, they welcomed the opportunity to open We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym, a so-called sensory gym that accommodates all children, but particularly those with special needs. “When we heard about this opportunity we jumped at the chance to create something that would utilize both of our professional skills and then what we knew personally,” said Deborah Portnoy, co-owner of the facility.
Dina Kimmel rocks, proving daily that this mother’s love knows no bounds. When her daughter, Sophia, was born in 2004, everything went as planned. Sophia developed normally, was an early talker (at age 1) and interacted appropriately with children and adults. Dina and her husband, Tim, were easing into parenthood. In 2007, the Kimmels welcomed son Gabriel. Sophia was happy to be a big sister, and Dina and Tim were thrilled to have a new baby boy. But something was different this time. “I took Gabriel to a mommy-and-me class when he was 18 months old, and I knew something was wrong,” says Kimmel. “The doctors wouldn’t listen to me.” Kimmel persisted, and in 2009 Gabriel was diagnosed with autism. Read more
Watch Dina Kimmel on Autism Live. Dina Kimmel from We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, shares her mission to create a gym that meets the needs of kid’s on the spectrum, after her son was diagnosed with Autism. Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at http://centerforautism.com
“Being the Grand Club Sponsors for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles was one of the most incredible days of my life!” says Founder, Dina Kimmel.