Our names are Adrienne Esposito Grosso and James Grosso, Jr. Our journey to We Rock the Spectrum began when we decided to pursue the idea of opening a sensory gym in Staten Island. We had witnessed firsthand the lack of recreational facilities in the community that wholeheartedly welcome, support and understand families with children that are neuro-typical and children who have special needs. Having two children with major medical and developmental issues, we are no strangers to the obstacles families face with day-to-day activities that most take for granted such as public outings, eating in a restaurant, attending birthday parties, getting a haircut, etc. Our daughter, Jamie, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and Graves’ Disease at the tender age of three, and our son, Andrew, was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS at eighteen months old and later, Autism Spectrum Disorder. We were looking for a place that both of our children could enjoy together and feel embraced, understood and respected.
Our professional backgrounds (clinical and fitness management), coupled with our particular family needs, led us to research sensory gyms for children. Through our research, we found a link to an article from a few years earlier of a We Rock the Spectrum Grand Opening in Boca Raton, Florida. We immediately reached out to the Corporate office and began the process of opening the first We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym for All Kids in New York City. We feel blessed to have this opportunity to serve our local Staten Island community by providing a gym that truly is for all kids.
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
Meet Our Staff
"Working with children on the spectrum has been such a rewarding experience for me and I love to see all of my students progress as the years go on!"
"I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at We Rock the Spectrum for the most empathetic, understanding and genuine owners, along with incredible staff members."
Jacqueline (Jackie) Kaminsky
"I love to motivate and inspire every child I come across."
"I love being around children and have found working with children with autism to be extremely rewarding."
"Besides being a full-time student, I also enjoy working with children with autism because I love helping make a difference in their lives."
"I have also spent the past few years as an ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network through the Kean Dance Marathon. "
"I am currently a student in the Melissa Riggio program at College of Staten Island. I am very excited to be with all of you."