Benefits of Trampolines for Children with Special Educational Needs
While trampolines provide fun and entertainment for children of all ages, they can also be an effective tool in fostering good physical health and positive mental health.
In addition, they can greatly assist children with special educational needs. Trampoline therapy for autism provides a range of benefits, whether at home or under the guidance of an occupational therapist.
Trampolines can aid children and even adults generally to use as a means to wind down after a day at school or work or after a day of socialising, which can be very overwhelming sometimes.
For many families, introducing a trampoline for special needs children is an excellent addition to existing therapy programs. The use of the trampoline will not only aid in increasing overall physical fitness, but it also helps detoxify the body, boosting the immune system, and improving adrenal health.
Bouncing is repetitive and creates constant motion. It requires the eye to constantly move and adjust as the field of vision changes. This can improve your child’s ability to focus and improve hand-eye coordination when the trampoline is used in conjunction with simple visual exercises that can strengthen his or her visual skills and give your child a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
Sitting or bouncing on a trampoline can help to increase coordination by improving their bilateral motor skills, the ability to use the right and left sides of the body together at the same time or with alternating movements. Trampolining itself is a very gentle form of exercise due to the fact that the bouncy trampoline pad soaks up a large proportion of the impact.
One of the main types of trampoline therapy now used is called Rebound Therapy which uses trampolines to provide therapeutic exercises for people with a wide variety of disabilities and additional needs. The effect of deep pressure and weightlessness together has many positive effects on the brain and can help with a range of behaviours often seen in people on the autistic spectrum, from increased concentration to an increased sense of calm.
With regular trampoline therapy, the body can learn how to process signals from the brain and body, and can, therefore, improve body perception and function, as well as the child’s quality of life.
The activity of trampolining can provide children with a great sense of fun and well-being. Being outside allows children to get fresh air and sunlight, both of which provide their own health benefits. And allowing siblings to join in with the trampoline fun can also help to provide huge social benefits to children with Autism.
If you are thinking of buying a trampoline for your child to use, it is very important to ensure that you choose one with an enclosure but also an inground trampoline which provide easier access on to the trampoline eliminating the need for any steps or ladders. This will ensure that your children can bounce, jump or play on the trampoline with less worry of injury.