Media

Autism groups helping with COVID-19 anxiety – Herald Sun Australia

31/03/2020

Families everywhere are facing huge adjustments to daily life as a result of COVID-19. But for children with autism, the uncertainty caused by school shutdowns and coronavirus fears presents unique challenges. We’ve compiled expert information on how to talk about coronavirus with kids with autism, where you can get NDIS advice and the all-abilities gym offering free respite for the children of essential services workers. Amaze chief executive Fiona Sharkie said…

Read More

Kids franchise set to launch Aussie-first mobile gym – Franchise Business

06/01/2020

Purpose-built inclusion franchise We Rock the Spectrum is set to roll out a Aussie-first mobile gym model across the country later this year. Similar to a regular studio, the We Rock the Spectrum mobile gym will be equipped with purpose-designed apparatus aimed at improving sensory development in children with special needs. The new format is a welcomed boost for communities lacking the physical means to introduce a bricks and mortar…

Read More

Australian-first special needs gym to expand nationally

25/06/2019

Less than one year after launching in Australia, specialised gym franchise We Rock the Spectrum is making good on its promise to help special needs children across the country. At the brand’s inaugural Team Australia conference, We Rock the Spectrum welcomed four new owners to the mix. The new operators will steer expansion across New South Wales and Victoria, with all gyms expected to open before year’s end. The purpose-built…

Read More

Special-needs gym opens in suburban Melbourne

29/03/2019

A purpose-built gym designed for children with special needs, with customised equipment including slides, swings and ziplines has opened in the Melbourne suburb of Preston. Equipment in the Australian-first gym, We Rock The Spectrum, a franchise of the USA brand, has been designed by occupational therapists with the aim of aiding the sensory development of children with processing disorders, while providing additional motor skill development. Local mother, Sally Johnson and…

Read More

Mother-of-two, 34, who was left heartbroken after nobody turned up to a little boy’s birthday party is now throwing a giant celebration for ‘lonely’ and bullied children

29/03/2019

Louise Larkin first heard about Logan Camilleri's birthday party on the radio His mother had called FOX FM in Melbourne to say no one had turned up Mrs Larkin, 34, was inspired by Logan's story and put together a public party She is planning the third celebration at the end of March for 1,000 children Louise Larkin was driving to work in Melbourne when she heard a little boy's mother on…

Read More

Australia’s first sensory safe, indoor play gym opens – Disability Support Guide

26/09/2018

Australia’s first open to the public, indoor play gym for children with sensory disorders has officially opened its doors in Preston, Melbourne. For brother-sister business partners and Australian Master Franchisees Sally and Mark Johnson, the opening spelled the beginning of a dream come true. Drawing inspiration from its installations around the world, We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms are a network of sensory safe indoor play spaces, founded by American…

Read More

We Rock the Spectrum – Australia’s newest all abilities gym for kids – Bubs On The Move

17/08/2018

Taking your kids to the park or a play centre poses challenges for many families that others are unaware of. One of my own children struggled with loud noises until he was four. A loud speaker, party whistle, even a busker would make him anxious so we modified where we went and what we did in those first years. Anxiety is something parents of kids who struggle with social skills…

Read More

Subtle changes make all the difference at play gym designed for children with autism – ABC News AU

13/08/2018

Digby, now 7, is on the autism spectrum and finds it hard to deal with the sensory overload he experiences in many public spaces. "I started to retreat from the community, which was lonely for us but also for him," Ms Johnson said. "It was a very difficult time for me because I'm very social. I thought [parenting] would be much different than it turned out to be, especially in…

Read More

Mum of boy with autism launches Australia’s first indoor play gym – Brinkwire

13/08/2018

Welcome to Australia’s first indoor play gym for autistic children – a place where kids like Digby are encouraged to just be themselves. The gym comes equipped with a zip line for the little ones, plenty of play things and swing sets, all specially designed by occupational therapists. There’s space for psychologists and speech pathologists, and a “calming room” if kids need a break. “We wanted to create more of…

Read More

Haven for fun and inclusion – Herald Sun

09/08/2018

When Sally Johnson's son Digby was diagnosed with autism and ADHD at age two, she was at a loss to find a safe and welcoming place for him to play. She longed for an affordable, inclusive venue where he could play freely on suitable equipment, and where she could meet families facing similar challenges. "Digby was severely delayed in many areas of development," Ms Johnson said. "In some ways it…

Read More

Australia’s first purpose-built gym for autistic children – 9 News

09/08/2018

With a zip line for the kids, plenty of play things and swing sets, step inside Australia’s first indoor play gym for autistic children. All of the equipment has been specially designed by occupational therapists. There’s a Calming Room and facilities for psychologists and speech pathologists. It’s the work of Sally Johnson, whose son, Digby, is autistic. Watch the segment below!

Read More

Preston kid’s gym for children with autism and other sensory disorders ready to open – Herald Sun

09/08/2018

Australia’s first children’s gym built for children with sensory disorders will open in Melbourne’s north this weekend. Get a first look inside. Read More Here

Read More

We Rock the Spectrum gym for autistic children set to open in Melbourne – Herald Sun

20/07/2018

A franchise of We Rock The Spectrum gyms in the US, the centre is built for children with special needs, with specialised equipment including ziplines, swings and slides. All equipment is designed by occupational therapists to aid the sensory development of children with processing disorders, and aids motor skill development and sensory processing. The play centre also has areas for medical practitioners and allied health professionals to work out of, and aims…

Read More

Gym of inclusion – Preston Leader

19/07/2018

Australia's first purpose-built autism friendly play centre will soon open its doors in Preston. A franchise of We Rock the Spectrum gyms in the US, the centre will be for children of all abilities, with equipment designed by occupational therapists to aid the sensory development of children with processing disorders. The centre will also offer areas for health practitioners in an effort to become a "hub" for families with children…

Read More

Australia opens its first special needs gym – Weekend Sunrise

18/07/2018

‘We rock the spectrum’ gym for autistic kids focuses on sensory and motor skill development. The gym will be opening in Melbourne in June. There are 60 ‘We rock the spectrum’ gyms worldwide. Sally opened the gym when she couldn’t find a safe place for her autistic son. Watch Video!

Read More