Rachel is a devoted mother of two boys. Her oldest son Ethan was diagnosed in 2012 with ASD at 19 months. Ethan immediately began receiving Early Intervention services in his home. For Rachel, this was a very intimidating experience as a first time mother. Ethan worked extremely hard to reach developmental milestones that came naturally to many other typically developing children. Rachel found it difficult to find activities to do with Ethan in the very little down time that he had from the work he was doing for 10 hours everyday/7 days a week. Rachel felt strongly that it was important to find a safe, easily navigated, fun, sensory rich environment that would allow him to meet his sensory processing needs in a functional manner, as well as allow him to build relationships with peers. Now that Ethan has a little brother, Rachel has become more aware of the lack of resources in her community that provide an inclusive play environment that fosters the bonds between siblings with different abilities and needs. Rachel envisioned a place that gives families a support structure that is free of judgement and also provides children an opportunity to build self confidence and peer relationships. Together with her husband Brett, Sensory Beans, Inc. was born!
Brett is the father of two boys. His oldest son Ethan, was diagnosed in 2012 with ASD at 19 months. Brett is a very involved father who is always looking for fun, safe activities that are developmentally appropriate for Ethan and can also engage Ethan’s younger brother James. Brett identified the lack of such recreational facilities in his community. Together with his wife Rachel, the idea for an open play concept sensory gym, Sensory Beans, Inc. was born.
Marissa Murale is a mother of two young children as well as a
NYS certified teacher and Literacy Specialist. Marissa is the
teacher of the Explore and More class here at Sensory Beans.
She enjoys incorporating literacy, fun, sensory exploration, and
developing social skills all in an inclusive setting. She is a
resident of Wantagh and and is inspired by how much Sensory
Beans has added to the community. She is thrilled to be a part
of the team and fully supports their mission of inclusion for all ages and abilities.