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When our youngest daughter was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, we faced the challenge of learning how to best help her fill her sensory tank. After all, her sensory needs are quite the opposite of my own and I needed to understand. Our research led us to discover the sensory seeking benefits of Springfree Trampoline.
Our daughter demands deep tissue sensory needs. She has no concept of personal space because she loves to be touched. Hugs are a constant and the desire to both push and pull are non-stop. Therefore, we found that a Springfree Trampoline was very beneficial in how it fulfilled her sensory needs.
1. Jumping on a trampoline helps develop much needed gross motor skills. As they jump, the rebounding action helps to improve balance, encourages muscle development, and strengthens bones and joints.
2. With each up and down jump, the body receives proprioceptive input and vestibular motion feedback. Basically, it teaches the child to be more aware of their body’s situation as well as their body’s response to movement as it travels into the air. The single body movement created while jumping brings everything together for a special needs child.
Stemming is a common characteristic found in special needs children. In some cases, the steady bouncing on a trampoline can reduce the repetitive movements once they stop jumping.
3. As their sensory tank is filled through the use of the trampoline, the child is often calmed and more prepared to transition into their next task. Both are challenges we have found easier to maneuver by letting our daughter jump until she feels calm enough to move on.
4. Along those same lines, the weightlessness felt as they jump can lead to a more relaxed child afterward. They are expelling energy, taking in much needed oxygen, and producing endorphins that naturally bring on a more positive effect. Together, you can have a more calm, relaxed and happy child after a few minutes on a Springfree Trampoline.
As the mother of a sensory seeking child, having a Springfree Trampoline has been beneficial not only to her, but to our entire family. Fulfilling her needs has become a major component in our family dynamics.
Plus, the other children know they can also enjoy the benefits of the trampoline.
Author: Staci Salazar
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