Local autism, special needs community event to be Aug. 6

A view of the We Rock the Spectrum Scottsdale gym. (submitted photo)

A view of the We Rock the Spectrum Scottsdale gym. (submitted photo)

The We Rock the Spectrum franchise has announced the grand re-opening celebration of its Scottsdale location by openings its doors to all children on Aug. 6.

The celebration is to welcome its new owners, at 4848 E. Cactus Road, suite 820.

The celebration is to be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. The event is open to the public and families with children are encouraged to come, according to a press release.

We Rock the Spectrum provides sensory-safe play for kids with autism, special needs neurotypical development.

Each gym features 10 pieces of sensory-safe equipment. This equipment is specifically designed to work with many of the sensory processing issues that children on the spectrum face, while providing all children with the sensory-diet necessary for improved learning and neurological development.

For example, the zip line helps children with vestibular sensations and sensory feedback, while allowing them to better develop upper-arm and core strength, the release stated.

Each We Rock the Spectrum location offers unique classes, children’s day camp opportunities, arts and crafts, additional pieces of play equipment and more.

The CEO and founder of We Rock the Spectrum, Dina Kimmel, opened the first gym in Tarzana, Calif. after her son was diagnosed with autism and she struggled to find a safe place that both her son and her daughter could go to together.

The motto for all We Rock the Spectrum gyms is “finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry,” the release stated.

LeAnn and John Kozeliski are the owners of We Rock the Spectrum Scottsdale. Ms. Kozeliski works as a certified occupational therapist assistant and was inspired to open a gym where all kids can attend, after seeing her patient’s mom saddened that her child was asked to leave a group class because she was unable to sit still and pay attention.

“I decided to research places her daughter could attend,” said Mrs. Kozeliski, in the release.

“I quickly realized such a place did not exist, for a 3-year-old like her, a place that would include all children and teach new skills and activities. So with that, my husband John and I started planning for after his retirement. We wold start looking for a gym and a place all kids can go and have fun.”

Admission to the celebration event is $12 per child. Twenty percent of all proceeds will go to the My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation, the release stated.

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