The Benefits of Trampoline for those with Autism
July 17th 2015
In many cases children with autistic spectrum disorder have a tough time communicating. They can struggle with sensory development and relationship building. Sometimes the environments they are in can be overwhelming and cause outbursts. For some, these outbursts can inflict pain on their parents and caregivers. Much of this stems from the inability to express their emotions to the people off the spectrum.
Recently, research has started to surface that children and by extension adults who suffer from autism and other special needs can use the immense benefits of a trampoline or a trampoline park.
How can a trampoline be useful?
A trampoline will always expel energy and make anyone who is using one feel better when they have finished jumping. Autistic participants are unable to express their stress or anxiety like other people and have the potential to be harmful to themselves or caregivers when they do. Jumping on a trampoline for even five minutes can help reduce that urge to act out. It can help balance their levels and release endorphins that make them feel more at ease.
Jumping on a trampoline is fun and freeing for everyone. For children with autism a trampoline can help focus energies, ease in winding down after a long day with school or activities.
Research has shown that people with autism find their physical co-ordination has improved after using a trampoline (both a personal one and utilizing a trampoline park). Over the course of time persons who have autism and use trampolines also find a positive change in their moods and decrease the amount of behavioural outbursts.
What else can a trampoline do?
While children with autism are in therapies for different aspects of the disease, trampolining can be useful and used alongside them.
Utilizing a trampoline can:
- Improve Social Skills: Those with autism do not easily interact as with people. Jumping is a wonderful way to keep integrate them without pushing the participant too far out of their comfort zone. While they are jumping it can become a game. Clapping or counting while jumping can also increase development.
2) Like everything else, motor skill development needs practice and exercise. Children with autism (like many special needs children) benefits even more from the consistent exercise. It will strengthen muscles and promote body development, as well as keeping the person engaged in physical activity. As they age or transition into adulthood they will be able to maintain that connection to a fitness regime.
Trampolines and Trampoline Parks have boundless opportunities for creating a positive place for persons on the autism spectrum disorder to have new environments explored.’
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