At We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym, the slogan of “Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry” is not just a slogan, but words the staff lives by to create their culture and environment around. As the best kids fitness gym in the area their facility is full of awesome equipment for climbing, running, jumping, lifting, pulling and pushing to help develop the larger muscle groups of children who frequent their gym. But they don’t stop there they also have plenty of stuff to help with problem solving, social development, sensory skills, find motor skills, and creativity. All of this is achieved through a gym that is full of equipment, toys, an arts and crafts area, and the highly attentive and motivated staff that prides themselves on providing an all inclusive environment. Continue reading “Finally a Place Where You Never Have to Say I’m Sorry”® is Not Just a Slogan!
We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym is one of the best kids gyms there is and is ready and able to help all kids of all ability levels be able to grow, develop, and have a whole lot of fun. Their gym is full of awesome equipment, a friendly, full trained, and attentive staff, and a lot more. Some of the more comes in the form of classes and programs designed to help kids develop with regular sessions of structures play and developmental activities that help to improve physical, social, motor, and sensory skills in children of any skill level. Continue reading Learn About We Rock The Spectrum
Dina Kimmel, a successful entrepreneur, is giving to the community, and word is spreading. She is giving strength, love, patience, and acceptance. Kimmel, president and owner of We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym in Tarzana, has designed and built her kid’s gym with a specific clientele in mind. Thirty percent of the children that come through the door are children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. It all started with a little boy named Gabriel.
My business is We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym for All kids. Our doors opened at the end of the year in September 2010. We are an open play sensory gym. What that means is that all the fun equipment we use — swings, climbing apparatus and toys — is based on occupational therapy. All children love to play at We Rock, but for children who are on the spectrum, they need it!
Dina Kimmel talks about We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym and the Sensitive Santa and Sensitive Cupid programs going on at WRTS for the holidays. Click the video to hear the whole interview!
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.
Check out the latest clip with our CEO and hear about the amazing non-profit she has started in honor of her daughter Sophia.
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.
I first met Dina Kimmel at a yard sale she was having. She had recently bought a nearby kids’ gym and was selling their old equipment to make way for the new. It would be a brand-new business venture for her and her enthusiasm was contagious. It was to be a different kind of kids’ gym – a sensory gym with high-end therapy equipment that would especially meet the needs of children with autism. That’s when I discovered that we both had young sons on the autism spectrum. I was excited by her idea, which was unlike anything I’d heard of before.
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…