Developmental Outcomes and 'Firsts'
We’ve seen some incredible results since our first Pop Up back in 2018.
These are just a snapshot of the developmental outcomes and firsts that have taken place at Gympanzees
- A 5-year-old slept through the night for the first time after her session.
- Two 3-year-old boys who had their first-ever laugh.
- A 6-year-old who took off her coat and scarf in public for the first time.
- An 8-year-old who ate in public for the first time.
- A 16-year-old who refused any form of sport at home and school but rowed a kilometre on the rowing machine.
- A 14-year-old who built the confidence at our gym and now goes to a mainstream gym with a personal trainer.
- A 10-year-old who has never exercised who asked to replace his dining room table for a static bike as he enjoyed it so much at the Pop Up.
- A 9-year-old who held his head up on his own for 10 minutes for the first time.
- 57 children and young people who were able to walk in our specialist equipment for the first time.
What Parents Say
Quotes from families
"Totally inclusive, understanding setting. The ability to use equipment that is not otherwise available to use is fantastic. Unique - we have no other way of accessing this in the community we can’t thank you enough. Thank you from us all"
“I genuinely thought we’d last 5 mins. But we were there for the full 1.5 hours and could happily have stayed longer. Amazing facilities. Incredible staff. Thank you so much. Roll on next time. Might have been our first but definitely won’t be our last”
“We turned up not knowing what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised. The staff were very friendly and there were plenty of them too! My boys enjoyed it so much we’ve been back 3 more times already."
“Always struggled to find a place I can take my two children with very different additional needs. No one gets discriminated here, everyone is included.”
“So today was our last session, there were tears. These sessions have been of great value for our grandson as he has been able to interact and play but also access equipment. He has absorbed it all with gusto. Stephanie and her team are forward thinking on their approach to disability and inclusion and hands on, their passion is forever evident."
“I am a teacher at a school for children with ASD and I just wanted to say thank you! Gympanzees provides a place where carers/ adults and children can all be supported.”
“Gympanzees, where the world is my oyster! I loved the sensory calm room especially and I had my feet in the sand for my first time ever! My brother and I played together lots, it’s great to have found somewhere where we can play together in a united community”.
“We've had an amazing time. Usually, my son is so heightened by soft play etc that we have to leave after a short time, but he has stayed the full time and enjoyed every minute. The sensory rooms were brilliant, and I’ve come away with some great new ideas.”
"J who is normally very reluctant to exercise at school and is often grumpy, set himself a goal of rowing 1 km, and did the Innowalk too. His whole mood changed once he walked through Gympanzees’ doors."
“They don't usually like physio, but they were passing balls between hands not realising.”
“We came from Swindon for our session yesterday - not the furthest distance but still an hour each way. It's always so worth it but yesterday was especially brilliant, seeing our daughter peddling on one of the cycling machines for the very first time! She's never managed peddling before. It was an amazing moment. Thank you Gympanzees for everything you are doing"
“Really nice that I was able to meet a mum who was in the same position that I am in now, a year ago. I was able to share experiences and we could learn from each other.”
“The iSandbox was amazing held my little one’s attention for more than a couple of minutes and he made a friend whilst playing in it.😍. He loves the splat mat too. Also the outdoor water play was also a big hit. Thank you all so much, my son finds it hard to go out sometimes but knowing he was going to Gympanzees was met with excitement and a willingness to go. Awesome. Xx”
“It’s as enjoyable for me as it is for D and I think that it really takes out the carer/brother relationship and replaces it with a brother/brother relationship where we can share moments and really enjoy each other equally and D finds that enjoyable and so do I.”
“Third time we’ve been (to Gympanzees) – third time we’ve stepped out of the front door this whole holidays”
“P is suffering from anxiety and doesn’t want to do much or go anywhere. But when we said 'Gympanzees' she said 'YES". We are very pleased to go somewhere without hassles and upsets”
“Somewhere we know the kids are going to be safe, we're not judged”
“5 stars. Brilliant. We travelled from Exeter and it was well worth it. Looking forward to our next session already. Thank you.”
“The cost of these facilities is incredible for the access to such amazing facilities. Although it was far for us to travel it was worth every second to see the smile on her face. There is nothing near us that is as well designed for a child with disabilities and it’s amazing to have access to a designated space which is so inclusive and accessible”