Tiera Turner created a play space in her backyard with a trampoline, rock climbing wall and water activities for her two sons, who were diagnosed with autism, and now is turning a property on Detroit’s West Side into a sensory gym and activity space as part of the national We Rock the Spectrum franchise. After Dina Kimmel opened the first We Rock the Spectrum gym in Los Angeles in 2010, her son, Gabriel, had fewer meltdowns, better sleep, better eating habits. It also became a place of joy for her non-autistic daughter. “My husband’s a musician,” she says. “And so we’re like, if we’re gonna have a kiddo on the spectrum, we’re gonna rock it.” When the local gym was closing, she leased the property and turned it into a gym for children of all abilities. In 2013, the organization franchised and expanded to 78 domestic locations within six years. Today, there are 140 We Rock the Spectrum gym locations across eight different countries.

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