Families with children who have autism and other special needs can now find safe, high quality, durable, specialized exercise products endorsed by Autism Trampolines.
Special needs children can use this equipment to exercise at home, as a supplement to organized therapy, maximizing their physical activity within whatever constraints they may have.
Regular active exercise often helps children grow stronger, healthier, and happier. Regular physical activity can help with physical coordination. Children sleep better. Their body composition and muscle/fat ratio improves, as do respiration and circulation. Stress may decrease, and the quality of life may improve for the child and family.
Through GSM International, Inc. of Dallas, Texas, Autism Trampolines & Play Products has developed sports related, high quality, durable products that have been used successfully to meet the needs and capabilities of special needs children. Jumpright.com is proud to team with this effort to offer a select group of trampolines.
When ordering one of these items, please enter the Promotion Code "AUTISM" in the Contact Information section.
How our products were developed:
Our small trampoline products have been developed over the past 13 years in conjunction with Asobo Kobo Workshop in Fukuoka, Japan. Asobo Kobo specializes in training children with sensory integration dysfunction (DSI). Since starting Asobo Kobo Workshop in 1997, Jeff Robbins and his staff have worked with thousands of special needs children and their families. This organization has been supplying the children with physical therapy and the families with products that allow them to obtain a better quality of life within their homes. Jeff Robbins assisted Jean Ayres, Ph. D., in the writing of "Sensory Integration and the Child", which was first published in 1979 and is a must for parents who are seeking to understand what might be going on within their child.
Trampolines Provide Rebound Activity for Special Children
How our trampolines provide rebound activity ideal for special children.
Quality and Suitability Issues
The major trampoline companies have not offered rebound products that are designed for use with special needs children.
· The quality of rebound was so low that nobody knew what quality rebound felt like.
· The typical small trampolines used for jogging exercise are not suitable for rebounding jumping or for use by small children.
· The smallest outdoor trampolines had improper bounce characteristics.
· Most standard trampolines were too large for practical indoor use.
How We Developed Trampolines for Use with
For the past thirteen years, we have been working with one of the largest and oldest special needs therapy centers in Japan in developing a line of trampoline products suitable for use with the children coming into their center. They needed trampolines small and low enough to be able to control the child but strong enough when needed to allow the therapist to jump holding the hands of the child.
By combining the proper springs and spring count with the proper bed tension and better frame pads, we have now created small trampolines that are suitable for younger jumpers and comfortable enough for their young bodies to be used frequently.
These new units are small enough for home use, so children can now get year round daily exercise at home.
The small 6.5 and 8-foot diameter trampolines that we have developed can be used outdoors. Taking rebound activity outdoors for as much of the year as local weather allows reduces the noise and stress caused by such an active inside activity. Our top of the line rebounder is excellent for indoors or vacations.
We have improved the jumping characteristics of the larger 10-foot diameter trampoline for older children. This unit is still low enough from the ground for supervisory control of the jumper either from the ground or on the trampoline itself.
When Larger Trampolines are Appropriate
For older jumpers who do not require direct supervision around the perimeter of the trampoline, we provide the finest available 12- and 14-foot diameter trampolines with safety net enclosures.
To meet the low price demands of the mass merchandisers, the major trampoline manufactures have so lowered the specifications on their trampolines that they should not be used with special needs children. They have poor bounce and safety characteristics and their components have a relatively short useful life expectancy which raises ongoing safety concerns for use with special needs children, or any children for that matter.
Trampoline Safety Issues
The low height of our smaller trampolines takes away much of the danger inherent in trampolines. And children are less likely to try dangerous flips, etc, when trampolines are smaller and lower to the ground. For our larger trampolines adding a safety net enclosure compensates for the added height.
In every situation, however, parents should do all of the necessary homework as it relates to their situation before deciding whether any product is suitable for use by their child.