A trampoline park in Leamington has launched new Rebound Therapy classes aimed at children and adults with autism or heightened sensory needs. 

The therapy forms part of inclusive relaxed sessions where those with special needs are encouraged to explore unassisted play with their families and carers in a safe, lower sensory environment.

Trampolines are key to this specific type of exercise therapy which benefits those across virtually the whole spectrum of disabilities. It has been proven to provide a huge number of potential therapeutic and physiological benefits, from cardio-respiratory, muscle tone and balance and posture through to perception and communication.

Benefits that are more specific to autism include: improvements in calmness, focus, concentration, eye contact, memory, following instructions, motivation, self esteem, confidence, potential for learning across the curriculum, and happiness. Other benefits would be: reduction in tactile defensiveness, anxiety, agitation, shimming, rocking, self-harming, hitting, and anti-social behaviours.

Rebound Therapy-qualified instructors are on hand to work either one to one or in groups after a full assessment of needs is carried out.

Rob Borg, Regional Manager for Jump In, said: “Freedom to play and move unaided is often something that children and adults with special needs can be restricted on when participating in many physical activities. Trampoline parks can go some way towards offering more scope for unassisted play.

He added: “Trampolines at our parks offer great physio benefits for those with low muscle tone who need to maintain/build their core strength. This is because trampolines encourage the participant to constantly correct their balance when jumping and landing, this also helps with co-ordination which has been linked to learning and neurological development. 

“Special needs schools and day centres have reported on how the trampoline has great benefits for autistic children and adults with heightened sensory needs. Bouncing on the trampoline can be very a very stimulating piece of play equipment for these individuals.”

Paul Kaye, CEO of ReboundTherapy.org (international body and training course provider for Rebound Therapy) said: “I am delighted to see so many trampoline parks introducing Rebound Therapy into their programme. By providing Rebound Therapy, trampoline parks are able to provide a much needed ‘fully inclusive’ service by offering sessions to learning disability care homes, special needs groups, schools and charity agencies and health groups.”

The Relaxed sessions, which cost £7, run every Sunday morning at 9am and are free for carers. 

Assessments for the Rebound Therapy-specific session, with a qualified Level 2 Rebound Therapy practitioner, can be booked online at: www.gojumpin.com/activities/relaxed-sessions

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