Sensory work with a trampoline

A trampoline is a great way for your child to exercise and to get some sensory input. Most children with autism seek deep pressure input and jumping on a trampoline is a great and safe way to fulfill that need. You can use any kind of trampoline: small round ones, small square ones, with a handle, without a handle, or big ones. Please make sure that you watch your child while jumping and make sure that your child is safe at all times. Keep sharp objects away from the trampoline and make sure that the bigger trampolines have a safety net.

What to do

Have your child jump on the trampoline, preferably on their feet, in an up and down motion. Let your child jump for about 5-10 min at a time. Jumping can either be relaxing/calming or stimulating. It is up to you to figure out if it calms your child or stimulates your child. If jumping stimulates your child, I’d recommend not to let your child jump 2 hours before bedtime. Otherwise your child might be to wound up to settle down and fall asleep. Also if you do not have access to a trampoline you can use a mattress just make sure your child is safe while jumping on the mattress.

Let your child jump on the trampoline throughout the day, 3-5 times, for about 5-10 minutes at a time. If you have any questions or concerns please join our help desk.

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