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A play gym is opening in Australia for kids with special needs

The We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym will open in its first Australian location, in Melbourne July 15.

Mums Grapevine reports that Melbourne mum Sally Johnson heard about We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms, flew to the U.S to check it out.

Her son was diagnosed with autism and ADHD at age two, and she struggled to find places for him to play, so Sally knew how well the concept would work here in Australia.

“Within my own special needs community, I see the desire families have to connect with one another. I also see how great families feel when they know their children are benefiting from activities that help them regulate their sensory needs, while having fun,” Sally said.

Kids gym opening in Melbourne

The We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms was created by Californian mum Dina Kimmel after her son was diagnosed with autism at two years old.

After discovering a lack of places for Gabriel and his neurotypical sister, Sophia to play, Dina created her own gym. Now there are ‘We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms’ in 70 locations across the world!

And now coming to Australia, and open for franchise, the We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym will feature sensory-safe play for kids with autism, special needs, and neurotypical development.

Each location has ten pieces of uniquely designed therapeutic equipment that promote learning, development, and sensory-safe play.

Sally adds, “We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms will provide our community with a place of acceptance, where all kids can be themselves and benefit from expert play equipment and staff, in an affordable way.”

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