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Gym for Children with Autism & Special Needs Opens

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym will open on Saturday, February 5 in Franklin.

International children’s gym franchise We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is set for the grand opening celebration of its new location in Franklin on February 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The new sensory-friendly gym is located at 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 203.

Families with children from all walks of life can come out to experience sensory and physically beneficial activities within a safe, clean and controlled environment. Children will be able to play with all the specialized equipment, including the trampoline, swings and the fan-favorite zip line. Admission is $16 per child with treats and refreshments sponsored by non-profit organization My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation.

We Rock the Spectrum is a franchise opportunity that provides sensory-safe play for kids with autism, special needs and neurotypical development. Each gym features twelve pieces of therapeutic equipment 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. Each We Rock the Spectrum location offers unique classes, children’s day camp opportunities, arts and crafts, additional pieces of play equipment and more. 

An autism mom from California, Dina Kimmel, is the CEO and Founder of We Rock the Spectrum. Kimmel opened the first gym in Tarzana, California after her son was diagnosed with autism and she struggled to find a safe place where both her son and her daughter (neurotypical) could go together. The motto for all We Rock the Spectrum gyms is “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry!” Under her leadership, WRTS facilities have been able to offer essential childcare for special needs families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Steven and Samantha Komarnitsky are the new owners of We Rock the Spectrum – Franklin. As recent transplants to Franklin from Los Angeles, they are honored and proud to open the first of several upcoming WRTS franchises in Tennessee. Samantha and Steven are dedicated parents to their son, Nash (8) and daughter, Colette “Coco” (5). At the age of four, Nash was diagnosed with autism. While researching resources for him, they discovered WRTS within their local community. While the gym was initially a place for Nash, they quickly found major success in introducing Coco as well and realized how beneficial the environment was for children of ALL abilities. Steven and Samantha are enthusiastic about the impact that this new location will have on the Franklin community by helping promote acceptance and inclusivity through play.

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