DERBY, N.Y. (WKBW) - A new gym is coming to the Southtowns. We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym is open for all children, but specially designed to help kids with autism, sensory processing disorders and ADHD.
The gym has 31 locations in 10 different states. It was began five years ago in California with Dina Kimmel.
"This gym was founded from my own experience," Kimmel explained. "My son was diagnosed w/ autism in 2009 and he has an older sister Sophia. We tried to go to open gym places and we got kicked out of many, and I got exhausted of saying sorry to everyone."
The main gym floor is filled with swings, a zipline, a trampoline and monkey bars. "Everything in this is occupational therapy based equipment," explained Kimmel.
The gym in Derby was opened by speech pathologist Jessica Sills and her husband. "The main gym floor is mostly compromised of swings that hang off of our steel structure," Sills said, explaining that the swings are often important to help children on the spectrum regulate stimulation.
Other parts of the gym focus on fine motor skills, upper body strength and lower body strength. Also inside are a calming room and a therapy room with classes including yoga and dance.
Owners Jessica and Jeffrey Sills also founded a non-profit foundation to raise money for children on the spectrum to be able to attend camps at the gym.
Open play is available for children of all ages, including infants. Open play is offered everyday at $12 per child. Siblings get a discounted $10. Times are available here.
All day passes for the gym cost $20. Membership cards are also available.
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