As a parent of a child with special needs, or even a caretaker for an adult with special needs, it can be difficult to find ways to make sure the person you’re caring for is getting the stimulation and exercise they need to live a healthy, happy life. While most communities offer programs and activities to help caretakers and parents, there’s one easy thing you can do to help special needs individuals right in your own home: buy a trampoline!
Check out just a few of the many physical and mental health benefits trampolines have to offer those with special needs!
1. Improving hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
The constant movement trampolines offer means the jumper’s field of vision changes with each bounce. This requires jumpers to constantly adjust and move accordingly, which can help enhance limited motor skills and increase spatial awareness, while simultaneously improving balance and coordination.
2. Strengthening just about every part of the body.
Jumping is an aerobic exercise, which can help strengthen the heart and lungs while improving oxygen intake. It also builds muscle mass, encourages good circulation, and strengthens muscles, ligaments, and joints. Finally, bouncing, and the additional exposure to the Vitamin D the sun offers, can also help improve bone density and encourage good posture.
3. Enhancing fitness and releasing excess energy.
Some special needs children find themselves with extra energy on a daily basis, whereas others may have a disability that leads them to live a more sedentary lifestyle. Trampolines can help with both of these situations, by allowing kids with excess energy to bounce it away and encouraging children who don’t get much exercise to do so just a little bit more.
4. Building self-confidence and providing a sense of freedom.
Some people with special needs may be limited in terms of what they can and cannot do. The (literally) uplifting feeling of bouncing up and down offers the feeling of total freedom to those who might not otherwise experience that. Jumping also releases endorphins and dopamine which, when combined with the feeling of freedom, can have a very positive impact on a child’s sense of self-confidence and self-worth.
5. Reducing anxiety and stress.
The rhythmic up and down motion of jumping can be somewhat comforting. It’s predictable, controllable, and soothing. For children who are stressed or suffer from an anxiety disorder, jumping on a trampoline offers an opportunity to control their own situation - a feeling they may be lacking elsewhere in life.
As a parent or caretaker of a child with special needs, it can be hard to plan activities outside the home. That’s why, perhaps, the most convenient aspect of purchasing a trampoline is that it allows you and your child to use it on your own schedule.
Trampoline Superstore offers in-ground and above-ground trampolines in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can find the perfect option for your child and your yard! We also offer trampoline nets to keep your kids safe and trampoline covers to keep your trampoline in tip-top shape.
Not sure which type of trampoline is right for you? Get in touch with us!