We Rock the Spectrum, an international franchise gym that provides sensory-safe play for autistic children and others with sensory needs, opened a new location in Owings Mills this weekend.
During the gym’s grand opening Saturday, families with children from all walks of life were welcomed to experience a wide range of sensory and physically beneficial activities within a safe, clean, and controlled environment. The celebration gave full access to the specially designed sensory equipment, including the trampoline, swings, rock wall, and the fan-favorite zip line.
Each We Rock the Spectrum gym features classes, day camps, arts and crafts, and twelve pieces of therapeutic equipment designed to work with sensory issues that children on the spectrum face, while improving neurological development.
Gym owner Randi Delone and her husband have a son who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of 3. During his upbringing, Randi dealt with several difficult situations that many families of autistic children face including being the subject of stares whispers; hours of speech, physical and occupational therapies with their son; and not feeling welcomed at recreational places.
Delone came across We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, whose motto is “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry,” and immediately knew that it was something she wanted to be part of so she could provide hope for those that have similar experiences.
The Delone family’s goal is to provide a place in Baltimore where children of all ages and abilities can interact with one another in a safe and inclusive environment.
The Owings Mills gym is located at 9770 Groffs Mill Drive in the New Town Village Center. It is the first We Rock the Spectrum location in the Baltimore area, joining the company’s other Maryland locations in Forest Hill and Gaithersburg.
Parents and loved ones of a child who is autistic or has other sensory needs, who are looking for a fun, motivational environment to assist with movement, communication, social interactions and more, can stop by the We Rock the Spectrum Gym or visit www.werockthespectrumbaltimore.com for more information.