Meet the Owners!
Born and raised in Chicago, Carlos and Carmen Rodriguez decided to move to the beautiful city of Davie just last year. They have two beautiful children, Esai and Sophie. Sophie was born with a very rare, genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome. Because of this, Sophie was born with extremely low muscle tone, which caused delays in her milestones.
For Carmen, hearing phrases like “failure to thrive” were very difficult in the beginning, so she decided to work and dedicate herself to giving Sophie every opportunity necessary to maximize her potential. Therapies started just a few days after she was born. Carmen searched for creative therapies, places where Sophie can play and interact with other children, playgrounds where she would be safe and able to gain the strength she needed to reach her full potential. In doing so, Carmen could create relationships with other moms, share her story, as well as resources.
After her son was born, Carmen had a thought of creating a space where children with unique abilities can play together, gain strength and coordination, and — most importantly — do so in a safe environment. When Sophie was little, going to a playground was challenging and unsafe because of her low muscle tone, but Carmen knew that playing with kids her age would be so beneficial to her development. Carmen envisioned a place where moms could provide each other the support they needed to carry on the mission of giving their kids the chance to achieve their full potential.
Fast forward two years later, and after moving to Davie in 2016, Sophie’s social skills instructor mentioned We Rock the Spectrum in a homework assignment. Carmen was curious to learn more about this gym. And there it was! Exactly as Carmen imagined it; a gym for children of all abilities where kids can play, learn, and grow together.
Carmen learned about We Rock the Spectrum at a time when she was getting ready to start her career in real estate in Florida, after having left the real estate industry in Chicago. As she learned more about WRTS, she couldn’t help but feel that this not only came to me at the right time, but it also came at the right place! Davie was in need of a facility like this! It became clear to Carmen that the knowledge and experiences that she had gained with having a child with special needs, as well as a child who is neurotypical, have prepared her for this major step in my life.
Carmen and her family are looking forward to meeting you and your family at We Rock the Spectrum – Davie! She can’t wait to watch kids of all abilities, play together, learn from each other, and not be judged by their peers. Classes, support groups, play dates, mommy and me meet ups, birthday parties are just a few of the many things she has planned for the gym!
During Sophie’s early education, a mom approached Carmen and told her how thankful she was to have had Sophie in her child’s class. Her child learned compassion, sensitivity, patience, and acceptance. I hope We Rock the Spectrum – Davie will provide a space were children can learn these same values!
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