Exercise for adults is important, but it’s even more crucial for growing children.
Saturday, a gym for kids celebrated its grand opening with a developmental resource fair and a day full of fun.
We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym is an indoor play-scape that provides a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together.
Bonnie Brown, a parent of a child with autism, said she’s excited that the gym is open and that she can get her child involved because there aren’t many places like it in her community.
“I think the earlier you can get your kids involved when they have some type of high functioning autism or autism in general is just going to help them,“ Brown said.
The gym is equipped with ten pieces of specialized play equipment. The equipment is specially designed for We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gyms with the developmental needs of children with sensory processing disorders in mind.
The equipment includes, but is not limited to: a zip line, trampoline carpet swing and climbing structure. Each piece encourages growth in different areas.
Rebecca Clark, co-owner of the gym, said it makes her happy that all the kids can play together, whether they have special needs or not.
The gym is a true reflection of their motto: “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry.
“As the parent of a special needs child you’re just kind of constantly apologizing for your child, because they’re not acting appropriately,“ Clark said.
She says that some children may have a meltdown or throw a temper tantrum when they’re around a lot of people or noise.
“… So you’re just constantly just having to apologize and say I’m sorry for the way that my child is behaving and here you don’t have to do that we totally understand, and so I love that about this place,“ Clark said.
Shane Stahl, a corporate tech specialist for We Rock the Spectrum, said it’s a great relief for some parents because they’ve finally found a place where they don’t have to say I’m sorry.