Trampolining and Autism

Despite there being very little research which scientifically proves a positive correlation between trampoline therapy and an improvement in the symptoms of autism, there is a strong and resounding consensus that the two are heavily linked. Trampoline-based activities provide numerous benefits to those with autism, as well as individuals who have learning difficulties and special educational needs. These positive effects have been known to improve motor skills, sensory skills and engagement.

How can trampolines help?

The use of trampolines is encouraged for individuals with autism because it helps to aid the development, improvement and maintenance of motor skills. Children and adults diagnosed with autism can often suffer difficulties with coordination and impulse control, as well as finding it a challenge to engage in physical activities due to the social and cognitive delays they experience. The reactive nature of trampolining encourages improvements in physical coordination, whilst their sensory system is stimulated through the sensations generated when bouncing.

Children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suffer from sensory imbalances on a daily basis which can result in feelings of stress and anxiety. These negative feelings are often coped with through repetitive behaviours such as rocking back and forth, fidgeting and tapping. Trampolining helps to simulate these repetitive movements in a more positive environment, whilst also promoting additional benefits such as improved coordination, muscular strength, improved posture and increased stamina – overall improving the individual’s health and wellbeing.  

Group activities and crowded environments can often leave a person with autism feeling overwhelmed. The inclusion of a trampoline in your garden enables an ASD sufferer to enjoy the benefits of trampolining in a fun way and at their own pace, without the pressures of social interaction which team sports and group activities demand.

Which trampoline do I choose?

Choosing the right trampoline for your needs is vital. You will need to consider the fact that an individual with autism is likely to inherently crave bouncing every day and so the trampoline will get a considerable amount of usage. A strong, galvanised frame is crucial as this provides the base of support. A secure safety net will keep them enclosed in the bouncing area and away from the springs and framework. A generous number of good-length springs will act as the ‘engine’ and provide a soft, high-quality bounce.

It’s also important to make sure that you can source spare parts for your trampoline should you ever need these in the future. A trampoline should be considered part of the family and in order to keep it working properly, it will require some maintenance and TLC over the years. Super Tramp prides itself on providing a full range of spare parts and accessories for all its models of trampolines, so you can be sure that you can source whatever you need directly from us, whenever you need it. 

There are a few trampolines within our range which we have identified as having the best qualities to meet the needs of an ASD sufferer. You can find these models below. 

The trampolines we recommend for home use:

Round Trampolines

The Fun Bouncer 12ft

The Super Bouncer 14ft

The Vault 10/12/14ft*

Rectangular Trampolines

XR360

King 110

Kangaroo/Super Kangaroo/Boomer**

 

The trampolines we recommend for rebound therapy in schools and commercial environments are:

 

Round Trampolines

The Vault 10/12/14ft*

Rectangular Trampolines

Kangaroo or Super Kangaroo**

Boomer**

 *EN1176 certified        **Rebound Therapy approved

 

We truly hope that you find this information useful, but if you do have any arising questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Our details can be found at the bottom of the page.

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