Meet the Owners!
Welcome to We Rock the Spectrum – Chicago/Palatine! My name is Mary Alice Gilgunn, and my husband, Hugh, and I are the co-owners of We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym – Chicago/Palatine.
I’ve worked as a speech-language pathologist in various settings and was thrilled with the opportunity to start a new chapter in my professional life by bringing this amazing gym to our community! Hugh is a civil engineer and has loved the challenge of building such a worthwhile establishment. We have two children, Anthony (9) and Grace (6). When Anthony is not at swim team, taekwondo, or coding on the computer, and Grace is not at dance team, drawing or pretending to be a veterinarian, they both plan on spending a lot of time at the gym with me! They are beyond excited to be part of this “super cool” place.
Working in the elementary school system was a rewarding experience, as I was able to meet so many different students and their families. I always felt, professionally, that the therapy I was providing could be brought to another level. I started to become passionate about not only facilitating communication skills in ALL children as it pertains to the educational lives, but also their EVERY DAY lives…which brings us out of the classroom! I wanted to promote an establishment where ALL kids (children that have sensory-based diagnoses and those who are typically developing) have a place to literally “be themselves”. A place where parents could find support and make connections, and a place that promotes the fact that each person is unique and that is something to be celebrated!
My dream is that We Rock the Spectrum – Chicago/Palatine grows into a fun, safe and supportive destination for children, teens, parents, and professionals. I am looking forward to promoting community outreach and resources for ALL our families. I look forward to seeing children being the best version of themselves…after all, they are perfect, just as they are!
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