Anitra Hammett is a proud military spouse currently residing in San Diego with her husband Jamal Hammett of 21 years and their 3 children. Brittni (21), Elijah (10), and Alycia (8). When Elijah was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with autism. Not knowing anything about the spectrum, we initially felt lost as there were so many unknowns. Being a self-starter, Anitra began to dive in and did tons of research about autism and try to discover different ways to help her son. While learning more about the spectrum, we realized that we didn’t need to help Elijah fit into our world, but we needed to learn how to fit into his. We started looking for ways to make his life better and it sparked a desire in us to contribute to the need in the community. We knew we wanted to not only help our son, but to find ways to help other families, too. We just had no idea exactly how that could be done and what exactly to do.
When I walked into We Rock The Spectrum Gym for the first time, I knew that was the answer. What a great way to connect the community together with a service that is needed. There is such an opportunity to grow and increase the quality for so many children and families. Owning a We Rock The Spectrum gym will be our way of giving back to this community and fulfill our lifelong dedication to families of children with autism.
Jamal Hammett is currently an active duty Navy veteran and has served for over 21 years and is looking to retire in 2 years. Anitra is currently a Career Counselor at National University. They have both helped countless families learn about resources and services available to them and have participated in multiple fundraising efforts for autism through Autism Speaks, Autism Society of San Diego and TACA.
Our Gym Includes:
- Suspended equipment with swings – for balance and vestibular treatment
- Crash mats and crash pillows – for fun, motor planning, and strength
- Zip line – for stress release and joint and body relaxation
- Trampoline – for building leg and core strength
- Indoor play structure – for climbing and increasing playground skills
- Sensory-based toys – for improved auditory processing and fine motor skills
- Fine Motor and Arts and Crafts Area – for improved hand-eye coordination