Hello, we are Rachel & Brett Roslow, the founders of Sensory Beans, a parent facilitated indoor sensory gym for children of all ages and abilities. We are a not-for-profit organization, ran by the help of our caring staff, volunteers, and donations, located in Wantagh. We have found that there is a high demand for recreational activities that supports the needs of all children regardless of ability.
In 2012, our 19 month old Ethan was diagnosed with Autism. The diagnosis came with a feeling of fear, isolation and confusion. We did not know anyone who had been on this journey, and did not know what his future would bring. We did know that we wanted him to have a place to go where he was accepted for his abilities and not judged or excluded because of his inabilities. As parents, we needed a place where we could watch our child play while we connected with other families experiencing the same special needs journey. Since the addition of his brother James, it’s been an even bigger challenge finding an inclusive environment where they both can play together.
Sensory Beans is a family facilitated, open-play sensory gym that provides a clean, safe, secure, indoor, sensory rich environment for children of all ages and abilities. Sensory Beans is an inclusive recreational facility where families can go to strengthen bonds with one another through functional play and fun. Children are not judged and are free to be themselves. Unwanted behaviors are ignored and positive behaviors are reinforced. Children and their families are free to explore their surroundings and seek out activities that assist in development and growth, while building bonds within their families as well as with peers in their community. Siblings with different learning styles and abilities can play together in a common area that is relatable, safe and fun. Children are free to learn about their world in a self directed experience and no child is judged or made to feel inadequate. Social skills are strengthened and self confidence is increased. All children, typical developing as well as those with special needs, are encouraged to explore the facility in a safe, sensory seeking way, that allows them to have fun and take a break from their everyday demands. Families are encouraged to connect with one another and act as a support for other families who may be experiencing a similar journey. Friendships are important to all children at all stages of their lives and Sensory Beans fosters this within their environment. Families are encouraged to follow their children’s lead and utilize the gym in a way that is playful, functional, exciting and fulfilling to their sensory seeking behaviors.