We rock the Spectrum childrens’ gym opens in Boca Raton
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — A place to play, learn and be accepted for children on the Autism spectrum.
“He loves coming and using the zip-line and the trampoline,” said one mother, Kristin Streit, of her son.
But while We Rock the Spectrum looks like any other place for kids to play, it’s actually specifically designed to be especially friendly to kids on the spectrum.
“I have one child with autism, one without. It’s a great, safe place for him to come where he can meet all of his sensory needs in one,” said Streit.
There are swings and trampolines that look normal but are actually based on sensory equipment found at occupational therapy centers.
“There are so many things he can play with and so many things he can enjoy,” said Streit.
The gym’s motto: “Finally a place where you never have to say sorry.”
“It’s wonderful to come and meet other people and feel like I can come and not have to apologize,” said Streit.
It’s also a great place for parents of children on the spectrum to network.
“It’s been so nice to come and meet other people: teachers, families, mothers, fathers, everybody who has an understanding of children on the spectrum,” said Streit.
And a place where any child can play and learn.
“There’s typical children and non-typical children and to have everybody together in one place to where everybody can play together has been really helpful to him and to other children as well to be more understanding of other children with disabilities,” said Streit.
Shane Stahl, the Chief Strategy Officer for “We Rock the Spectrum,” says he is excited to announce the partnership between them and Springfree Trampoline, which boasts the safest, highest quality and longest lasting trampolines. Springfree Trampoline donated the trampoline that is seen in the gym today.