Welcome to Australia’s first indoor play gym for autistic children – a place where kids like Digby are encouraged to just be themselves.
The gym comes equipped with a zip line for the little ones, plenty of play things and swing sets, all specially designed by occupational therapists.
There’s space for psychologists and speech pathologists, and a “calming room” if kids need a break.
“We wanted to create more of a family feeling, like going to a friend’s place to play.”
It’s all the work of Digby’s mum Sally Johnson.
“When my son was two or three, we were just finding it was more and more isolating not being able to take him to playgrounds because of sensory input issues and other people’s perceptions of his unusual behaviour at times,” the Thornbury mum said.