Did you have a trampoline as a kid that you loved? Or wish you’d had one? Maybe you still have one! Most people have bounced around on a trampoline seeing just how high they can go! You can jump on your own or with family and friends. Trampolines are suitable for adults and children of all ages, but did you know that they also have a range of benefits for individuals with Autism?
Let’s jump into the benefits!
Did you know that they are also a great therapy tool? That’s right! They can be used for vestibular sensory input, developing core and gross motor skills, self-regulation and as a source of exercise.
Did you know that the staple backyard Aussie favourite is a great tool for therapy? The sensations felt while jumping are a playful way to help individuals who face challenges with balance, self-regulation and adjusting to sensory input. Jess, one of our experienced Occupational Therapists explains how she uses trampolines in her sessions:
“Trampolines are a great sensory tool that can be used to support self-regulation for children with Autism. By jumping on a trampoline, this provides a child with the required vestibular sensory input they need to stay in a regulated state of arousal throughout the day. As a Therapist, I use trampolines before my therapy sessions as a warm up activity and during the session as a break activity to ensure the child stays in a regulated state throughout the duration of the session.”
What is vestibular sensory input?
It’s the relationship between our body, gravity and the physical world. It tells us where our body is in space and informs us whether we are stationary or moving, how fast we’re moving and in what direction. It’s actually the foundation for how we process and understand our other senses. Getting this sensory input before a therapy session means an individual may have an easier time sitting still in their chair, on the carpet or maintaining attention. Making it a more comfortable and calm experience.
Fun for everyone
Jumping on a trampoline is good fun! For individuals with Autism, this can also provide them with their daily exercise in a fun and safe way as well as providing them with a space to go when they are experiencing over stimulation or are looking for sensory input. Another benefit is that trampolines provide a means of socialising. While some organised sports may be overwhelming to individuals with Autism, jumping on the trampoline is a great way to engage in parallel play and social interaction. Vuly Trampolines have kindly gifted the individuals we support at our First Steps centres, Short Breaks houses and Community Living houses with trampolines so they can bounce whenever they need, give them a place to relax, and to support with therapy sessions.
Trampolines come in all shapes and sizes
When picking a trampoline, it’s important to pick one that suits your needs, location, and of course, is safe. Vuly provide a great range of safety options for you to choose from including, weather testing, thick padding, shade covers, and safety nets. Plus, they’re Australia made and tested. The best shape for jumping, comes down to how you bounce. Square trampolines are great for bouncers looking for height and are generally used for gymnasts and trampolinists. Round trampolines can also be used by professionals and are suitable for all kids and adults! If you’re looking for outdoor play equipment for your kids to use recreationally, round trampolines are recommended by Vuly. You can find out more here.
The freedom to bounce up and down, soaring through the air without a worry in the world is undoubtably an eternal source of enjoyment. Thank you to Vuly Trampolines, for providing hours of enjoyment and memories, with the donation of a brand-new trampoline in one of our Shared Living homes. If you would like to find out more about using trampolines as part of your therapy, speak to your Therapist and they will be able to talk through the benefits and options available to you and how these align to your goals.
See Sal testing out the brand-new trampoline in action below!