Meet the Owner!
I am Valerie Bailey and these are my boys, Kaleb and Kameron. We are native Floridians and have lived in the Tampa area our entire lives. At the age of two, Kameron began to show signs of Sensory Processing, so we began to look for a place where he could have fun while getting some much-needed therapy time.
This is when we found We Rock the Spectrum and fell in LOVE! Kaleb began to volunteer at We Rock and was so excited about the positive impact he was able to make in the lives of others. When the opportunity came up to become owners of the Tampa gym, we knew this was our opportunity to fulfill our lives’ purpose of helping others.
We are thrilled to provide a safe, fun environment for all children to play and interact while teaching acceptance in a loving and nurturing environment where no one ever has to say “I’m sorry”!
We can’t wait to welcome you and your family to We Rock the Spectrum – Tampa!
We understand the extra needs that children with autism or special needs have. If you’re new to our gym, download our social story™ and read it to your child! It helps to explain what they can expect at the gym when they first come.
Social stories™ were first created by Carol Gray in 1991. They are a short story that describes a situation, concept, or social skill in a format that is helpful for people with autism spectrum disorder. Creating social stories™ is yet another way to show respect and understanding for children with special needs. At We Rock the Spectrum, we value understanding and inclusion above all else. Social stories™ are a tool we use to achieve our mission.
Our Gym Includes:
- Suspended equipment with swings – for balance and vestibular treatment
- Crash mats and crash pillows – for fun, motor planning, and strength
- Zip line – for stress release and joint and body relaxation
- Trampoline – for building leg and core strength
- Indoor play structure – for climbing and increasing playground skills
- Sensory-based toys – for improved auditory processing and fine motor skills
- Fine Motor and Arts and Crafts Area – for improved hand-eye coordination