Rebound Therapy was founded by Eddy Anderson a Remedial Gymnast and Teacher (Leeds Education Authority) 1972- 1979.
In 2010 Eddy was presented with the “Npower Special Award for Outstanding Achievement” in recognition of his 40 years of dedication to providing opportunities for people with disabilities.
Rebound Therapy is use of the Trampoline to provide controlled movement initially provided by the Operator (trained staff in the techniques and benefits of trampolining). All children at Broadmeadow have access to Therapy unless deemed medically unsuitable.
All children have an IEP which include areas for development and could include Communication targets, Physical aims, or Sensory needs. Here at Broadmeadow, Rebound Therapy is included into the weekly timetable with children having access at least once a week.
Benefits of Rebound Therapy
Cardio-Respiratory – The constant muscle work required maintaining position and balance increases the demand for oxygen.
Muscle Tone – In simplistic terms trampolining generally causes an increase in postural muscle tone.
Postural – Stimulating by bombarding the sensory systems through joints, muscle and skin, can improve the output to the important postural muscles.
Balance – In creating a dynamic movement situation, so challenging balance mechanisms, observable improvement can be achieved
Kinaesthetic Awareness – Through stimulation of joints, pressure stretch receptors, skin, muscles etc., kinaesthetic awareness is improved. This leads to improved body image and spatial awareness.
On Movement – By creating a dynamic movement situation, protective and saving reactions can be developed. When creating low amplitude bouncing, relaxation is achieved.
On Perception – Body image, body part awareness, spatial awareness and positional sense are enhance combined with rhythm, and movement itself. This greatly develops coordination.
Communication – Due to cardio – respiratory effects, vocalisation is increased – with exclamations and gasps. Eye contact and concentration are enhanced by the “focus effect”.
- It is fun and motivational
- Incorporates cross curricular learning as a meaningful, fun and exciting challenge
- Gives confidence in movement and improves physical fitness and skills
- Improves motor skills, body awareness, balance and co-ordination
- Promotes positive relationships and builds self-esteem, confidence and independence
- Increases eye contact and vocalisations
- Meets individual sensory needs