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Menomonie, WI: Public gym to accommodate those with autism

Nov 28, 2018, WEAU TV, Eau Claire, WI: New Menomonie gym hopes to help those impacted by autism https://www.weau.com/content/news/New-Menomonie-gym-hopes-to-help-those-impacted-by-autism-501486401.html A new physical fitness facility, branding itself as a sensory-based learning center is helping those impacted by autism and other related disabilities. Jesse’s Jym in Menomonie offers a variety of equipment, from swings, to jumping, and climbing structures. All equipment focuses on fulfilling particular sensory needs. The gym offers daily punch cards and monthly memberships. Co-owner Darcie Larriu says her nephew has autism. She says when he got to a certain age, services outside of school were limited for him. She wanted to create a space where others with similar experiences could go to enjoy themselves freely. "We decided we wanted a place for everybody to come and to enjoy and not have to say you're sorry, not have to be quiet. They can just be who they want to be here, “said Larriu. Jesse’s Jym also hosts various play groups, including yoga, social skills, and American Sign Language classes. Classes are focused on helping those with high functioning autism and anxiety disorders. There are plans to expand the space in the future, eventually adding a zip-line and larger trampoline.