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Meet Anjali Gulati—Loudoun County resident and the owner of We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gyms in Sterling. This inclusive facility for children has been a labor of love for Anjali and her family. Anjali’s son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at five years old, and she soon realized the importance of having a place where not only her son, but all children could play and interact, a place where they felt comfortable and welcomed. One only has to read the testimonials to understand why her business is a godsend for so many families. The gyms not only offer open play time, but offer two other levels of services: Respite and Break Time Care, and One-to-One Attendant Care (which is designed to provide a break for families of children with special needs).
Anjali has a professional background in accounting, but always had a passion for helping people with special needs. At 43 years old she found her purpose and reached out to the owner of the franchise brand. After careful planning and a lot of hard work, We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym in Sterling finally opened a few months ago. I asked Anjali if she had any advice for fellow mom entrepreneurs. Her advice is to follow your passion, realize that it may take a while, don’t quit until you get there, and, most importantly, do what gives you that feeling of happiness inside.
Some of the biggest rewards she receives from her work are the relationships she develops with the families she has come to know. The gym has become a place of community, where everyone feels welcome, safe and at home. Along with all the benefits she garners from her work, she admits she faces many of the same challenges all working moms have. She wrangles with finding a balance between work and home life, household responsibilities and spending quality time with her husband and two children, but she makes it work.
The beautifully appointed gyms have ten pieces of unique sensory equipment that are specifically designed for children with sensory processing disorders: the equipment aids the children in the improvement of their sensory functions, while they play and learn. Although the equipment is specifically designed for special needs, all children come to enjoy the crash pit, trampoline, carpet swing, tunnels, and more. A “calming room,” painted in soothing blue tones and filled with books, offers a quiet respite where children can sit and take a quiet break from play, should they choose. There is also an upstairs room for teens where they can interact separately from the younger children. The rates are extremely affordable, with both walk-in and monthly packages available. Posh Seven and all of Loudoun County wish Anjali all the best and success with her new career.
PHOTOS BY ALEX MANGIONE
COLLEEN MCHALE is an account executive at PoshSeven and a registered yoga teacher in Loudoun County.