Meet Tom & Cynthia Tipton!
We are so excited to be bringing a We Rock The Spectrum to St. Louis with our first gym opening in Fenton! We know firsthand how amazing the opportunities that We Rock the Spectrum brings to communities are — especially for children on the spectrum and their families — and can’t wait to share them with all of you.
Our own journey with autism began in 2007 when we adopted our son, Noland, from Russia. Noland was 15 months old when he joined our daughters, Sophie and Cat, to complete our blended family. Cynthia and I met about half way through the adoption process, and Noland came home from Russia just ten days before our wedding! A year later, I formally adopted both Sophie and Noland.
Noland was always a very busy baby and toddler. Our pediatrician told us early on that Noland was a “very active boy” and would not be surprised if Noland ended up with an ADHD diagnosis during his school years. In pre-school, he participated in social skills group. His teacher would tell us “He knows the rules, but if he wants something, he can’t remember the rules.”
Sure enough, Noland was diagnosed with ADHD in the fall of Kindergarten and his high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder came the following spring. We have been so fortunate to have worked with some amazing teachers and therapists to help him be successful.
During the first years of his diagnosis, we were fortunate that while Cynthia worked full time as a marketing manager, I was doing freelance marketing consulting work from home, which allowed me to be very hands on with Noland and the family. Now, I’m excited to be focused on running our We Rock gyms in the St Louis area! We have plans for a total of three locations in St. Louis with our first location in the Fenton / Kirkwood area.
ALL kids are welcome at We Rock The Spectrum. We are all about inclusion, healthy play, and socialization opportunities for kids, their parents, siblings, and friends.
COME ROCK WITH US!
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