The Haynes and Brummel families started their journey with Sensory Processing Disorder when Kristin Haynes began fostering. Her second placement was her (almost) 5-year-old daughter who had been in DHS custody since she was two. They struggled a lot in the early weeks and months. Her daughter would have multiple meltdowns during the day and wasn’t sleeping well at night. Besides struggling emotionally and socially, Kristin discovered that she had some sensory processing issues, as well.
In researching ways to help her daughter, Kristin came across We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym. She knew not only that she needed to bring one to the Oklahoma City area, but that Kortney, her sister, and Danny, her brother-in-law, would be the perfect partners. Both Kortney and Danny have been touched by friends and family with special needs and have a passion for serving the community. The Brummels immediately recognized this was a place that would not only help their sweet niece, but the countless other children in their community – both neurotypical and with special needs.
Both families love that this is “Finally a place where you never have say I’m sorry.” They can’t wait to be able to provide a place of understanding and acceptance and of opportunity for growth and development that is beneficial to both children and parents. Through counseling and addressing her sensory needs, Kristin’s daughter is now thriving, and the two families can’t wait to see how their gym can help other children, as well!
It is their desire to continue to educate the community and provide an inclusive experience for all families. To do this, they are reaching out to friends, family, and the community to help raise funds to build their gym and purchase the necessary, specialized equipment. All donations will go directly to We Rock the Spectrum – Oklahoma City. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!
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