The Sensation Nation just won a Totally Awesome Award for Bright Class for Kids with Special Needs in San Francisco . We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say below!


The Sensation Nation

Red Tricycle: Your community recently voted you “Bright Class for Kids with Special Needs” – what do your customers value most about your business?
The Sensation Nation: That we offer structured physical play and exercise in inclusive environments focusing on the sensory needs of each child in both individual and group settings.

RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
SN: We are expanding into more Bay Area cities starting this summer.

RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
SN: Jennifer Hurley was a gymnast and swimmer growing up and coached gymnastics for several years prior to becoming an occupational therapist. Dan Hurley is a Kinesiologist that has taught gymnastics and many other sports at all levels. Jennifer and Dan have a true understanding of how recreational sports can benefit every child, regardless of their abilities.

RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
SN: Jennifer: coffee and water. Dan: water.

RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
SN: Giving us their gratitude for offering our programs and telling us about the gains their children have made.

RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
SN: Staffing can be challenging at times. We have an amazing group right now, but finding new staff can be tough at times.

RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
SN: Yoga and finding time to make memories with our family.

RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
SN: Energy. Sometimes I don’t know where it comes from.

RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
SN: We started the business just as the markets were crashing in 2008. We were talking to a lifelong friend, he’s a very successful businessman, as we were questioning whether or not to continue. His advice was to stay the course as we were (are) so passionate about making a difference that it will all work out.

RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
SN: Just ice it. An older Dr. looked at my big toe after a collision on the soccer field and said it’ll be fine soon. A few months later I couldn’t bend my big toe, and the podiatrist said I need surgery and will be off my feet for a few months. That was in 2007 and I’m still looking forward to having a few months to be off my feet.

RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
SN Mention you saw us here and we’ll take half off your first lesson.


Check out their website here.

Photo credit: Mike Batek