We Rock the Spectrum - Audubon Offers Sensory Friendly Fun for Children

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AUDUBON, N.J. -

Pip Carty noticed there weren’t many places for her to take her son Julian who has a sensory disorder.

“There aren’t a lot of options and for a lot of families the only way to access equipment like this is to be going through therapy and it’s not always accessible for all families,” said Carty, owner of We Rock the Spectrum - Audubon.

So, they decided to open up a gym for such families called We Rock the Spectrum.

The idea is to create a gym for all kids, a place where no parent ever has to say: I’m sorry.

“A lot of our families that come in have a child with special needs, but they find that all of the kids in their family can play here. So, we’re really big on inclusion,” said Carty.

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From the trampoline to the arts and crafts area, each activity is geared towards helping the kids.

“We’ve filled [the] gym with all sensory friendly equipment," said Carty. "So, the kids don’t necessarily know there’s therapeutic value in the swings and zip line that they’re using, but there is. So, they can all just come and have fun.” 

Along with the equipment they’ve teamed up with MJ Kids to offer speech and occupational therapy in-house five days a week.

“Then after therapy, they can come to use the gym floor," said Carty. "The most remarkable thing I think as a parent is when the child’s in therapy siblings can come and play.”

They’ve been open for just over two months and it’s already been a dream come true for the mom of two.

“We have regulars that come in every day and we have new families coming in every day,” said Carty.

Thanks to the gym, kids who many have trouble making friends are thriving as they socialize with others.

“We see social groups starting and we have classes so they’re really able to engage in a number of activities that they may not otherwise try," said Carty. "So, this is a really safe environment for them to do it and we’re finding it to be very successful.”

We Rock The Spectrum in Audubon is open seven days a week with open play hours on each of those days to give you plenty of time to get in some sensory friendly family fun.

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