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  • 5 Questions with Cathy from Gowanus Treehouses

    The mission at Gowanus Treehouse is to provide the best quality and most comprehensive services to children for their complex and individual therapy needs. The expert practitioners work on behavioral, sensory and motor skills and small group social learning with children. The Gowanus Treehouse is a uniquely designed sensory gym, fully equipped for zip-lining, scaling ladders and rock walls, and a treehouse loft for improving motor planning, strength, coordination, endurance or structured activities.

    Dollamur got with Cathy Reid, owner and operator at Gowanus Treehouse, to ask a few questions and learn a little bit more about the Gowanus Treehouse facility and services!

     

    Q1: What is a day at Gowanus Treehouse like?

    A1: “A typical day at the Treehouse is a lot of movement and proprioceptive-vestibular input, such as, swinging, climbing, rolling and exploring the various layers of the treehouse.  We are transitioning from a focus in fine motor rooms to a sensory gym, which helps children keep their brains and bodies connected and gives them the much-needed sensory input they need but may not be getting daily.

    We are a team of 8 occupational therapists and one physical therapist working with young kids from babies and up and achieve goals through play - That could mean going on adventures as superheroes or pirates, to save animals or take a ride on a boat, train, or plane through the use of obstacle courses. They could be doing more concentrated therapeutic exercises as well to improve specific skills, such as, fine motor skills, core and upper body strength and sensory processing that need support outside of school. We run daily small social learning groups for kids to build awareness and understanding about sensory processing and social participation and to give them the tools and skills they need to better navigate through their everyday lives. Our PT sees babies to older children with physical disabilities due to congenital or developmental delays, like Cerebral Palsy or Torticollis, or other mobility and gross motor issues.”

     

    Q2: What types of injuries/disabilities have you seen benefit most from time at Gowanus Treehouse?

    A2: “We see children with general developmental delays, such as difficulty with writing or sustaining visual attention, postural control or using adequate eye hand coordination really excel in our programs. Children with pervasive developmental delays, such as Autism spectrum disorders or attentional difficulties also tend to really benefit at the Treehouse.”

     

     

    Q3: What is your personal favorite type of therapy/workout/activity to work on with kids at GT?

    A3: “I love to see the kids moving and playing so freely and joyfully on the trapeze and catching them in the various net swings. We have homemade net swings to catch them and they like for us to turn them into a tiny ball and let them spin/pop. I call it the ‘sushi roll’ and that is a big favorite for facilitating a calming response with both deep pressure, deep breathing, and self-regulation. They also love to climb into to the multi-layer ‘cloud’ swings just above.”

     

     

    Q4: Are members benefiting from the flooring diversity provided by Dollamur when it comes to their unique physical therapy needs?

    A4: “The Dollamur flooring allows us to move around all day in a safe environment, learning about body awareness in space through the vestibular (aerial) suspended equipment. Kids aren't allowed to play as freely anymore in parks and on playgrounds and they need to be able to make mistakes, get bumps and have falls to learn how to manage their bodies and overcome fears. It's an epidemic, trying to push kids, before they are ready, into academics and there has been a rise in poor coping, problem solving and social-emotional regulation due to the anxiety it is placing on them.  We have a lot to learn from other countries like Finland, England and Japan who allow kids to rescue each other (vs. adults) and use their hands with tools, play with tires, build things, play outside and climb tall trees. We love technology in our practice too (since it always comes up/hot topic) but we only use it as a teaching tool since it too much screen time takes away from learning about 3-D space and kids who are constantly using touch screens might not develop their in-hand manipulation skills during critical windows of development.”

     

    Q5: Where are your Dollamur mats coming in most useful?

    A5: “They’re great so that we can enjoy our beloved swings to soar high and fast while keeping the kids safe. They also provide a cozy nest-like feel for the spaces under the treehouse and comfort for everyone to be able to work and play on the floor at eye-level with the kids. This is important to develop everything from visual, postural and social skills through play. We work with our shoes off and don't allow shoes and everyone comments on how soft and bouncy the floors feel!”

     

     

  • Dollamur's Gym OTW - UNT Cheer

    UNT Cheer

    Gym:  University of North Texas Cheer

    Location:  Denton, TX

    Sport: Cheerleading

    Dollamur Mats Used:  FLEXI-Roll® Carpeted Mats

    Gym Highlights/Accolades:  UNT Cheer has an All Girls team as well as a Co-ed team.  They provide support at pep rallies, home basketball events, the Conference Basketball Tournament, football games, and other various University and athletic functions throughout the DFW Metroplex.

    More information here.

    UNT Cheer

  • Tarleton State University CHEER! is Dollamur's #GymOTW

    Tarleton State Cheer! Gym Name: Tarleton State University Cheerleading

    Location: Stephanville, Texas

    Sport: Cheerleading!

    Dollamur customer since: 2013

    Dollamur mats used: Purple Dollamur FlexiRoll

    Gym highlights/accolades: 2nd Place NCA College Nationals 2014 - Check out more HERE!Tarleton State Cheer1

  • Fun & Fitness, Houston, Texas - #GymOTW

     

    Gym name: Fun & FitnessFun & Fitness GymnasticsFun & Fitness Gymnastics1

    Location: Richmond, TX

    Sport: Gymnastics

    Dollamur customer since:Brand New! 2014!

    Dollamur mats used: Gray Flexi-Connect Throughout the facility, blue Flexi-Rolls

    Gym highlights/accolades: A Brand new facility; but look for big things in the future from this new Gym!

    For those in the Houston Area who would want to practice, check them out HERE slider-gym

  • Cheer Athletics - Frisco and Plano, Texas #GymOTW

    Dollamur's Gym of the week this week is Cheer Athletics in Plano, Texas!

    Gym name: Cheer AthleticsCheer mats Cheer Athletics Flexiroll

    Location: Plano & Frisco

    Sport: All Star Cheerleading

    Dollamur Mats Used - Cheer mats - blue carpet bonded foam

    Gym highlights/accolades: Large Co-Ed and Senior All Girl teams won at 2015 Majors!!

    If you're in the Plano, or Frisco Area, or just curious, check out Cheer Athletics  - HERE!

  • Dollamur Featured in the Dallas Morning News.

    Dollamur has been featured in a piece by the Dallas Morning News. Take a look at an interview with our CEO  Don Ochsenreiter, about Dollamur's history and where we are going.

    Fort Worth company taking the competition to the mat

    Dollamur CEO Don Ochsenreiter FORT WORTH — Don Ochsenreiter is in the business of providing soft landings in a rough-and-tumble world.

    As CEO of Dollamur Sports Surfaces LP, Ochsenreiter oversees North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of high-performance specialty mats that keep wrestlers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, martial artists, fitness enthusiasts, and military combatants from letting the hard floor defeat them.

    Dollamur’s headquarters and plant in what used to be the Ranch Style Beans factory will churn out more than 6.3 million square feet of foam mats this year — enough to cover AT&T Stadium’s football field 60 times.

    These specialty mats will be used everywhere from spare bedrooms to some of the most prestigious sporting events around the globe, including the Wrestling World Championship in Las Vegas next September.

    Even the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have Dollamur underfoot.NB_29Dollamur7MA

    “We apply foam to vinyl or carpet — that’s all we do,” says Ochsenreiter. “And we’re very, very good at it. If you buy a mat for your son or your grandson to wrestle on in the garage, you’re getting the exact same quality as the U.S. Junior Olympic Trials.”

    Dollamur was formed in 1996 by Jeff Anderson, who set up shop in Fort Worth as an extension of the family business in Canada. The name is a mashing of his parents’ first names, Dolly and Murray.

    Nine years ago, Frist Capital LLC, a private investment firm in Nashville, bought Dollamur. Since 2005, the company has gone from $10 million in sales — primarily wrestling mats — to $25 million this year by adding sports such as martial arts and new-wave venues.

    See the full article here.

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