|At QiBounding we work closely together with numerous parents who's children have been diagnosed with Autism. We recently also got in contact with a school for Autistic children. All of them have found out that rebounding on the
|bellicon rebounder tremendously helps Autistic children in dealing with their emotions. Rebounding offers them the possibility to physically work out their emotions. At the same time, Rebounding strengthens their immune system. Read the experience of two parents:
Experience of a Mother of an Autistic Child
We are the fortunate owners of a bellicon rebounder, which has served us well for many years. For our family, its positive effects have extended well beyond those usually associated with rebounders. Here is our story:
When our youngest son was in preschool, he was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (at that time it was called “Asperger Syndrome”), and throughout his early years he regularly received sensory integration therapy in his school. At his therapist’s suggestion, we acquired a backyard trampoline, which our son loved. We noticed how much more responsive he became while he was bouncing - he was able to make conversation and eye contact much more easily. But throughout the snowy winter, when he needed it most, it wasn’t possible to use it, and as he grew older it was gradually left behind.
In his final year of high school, we needed to find an appropriate exercise program for his Senior Wellness Project, and to fit his life it needed to be something he could do indoors throughout the school year. Remembering his success with bouncing in childhood, we sent for a bellicon rebounder, and he began a regular program of exercise on it. The amazing transformations we had seen in his trampoline days came back, even though the bouncing was much more gentle. Rebounding wasn’t just a perfect exercise program for his body, it brought his mind into better functioning as well, helping him work around the deficits associated with autism. As before, we saw better eye contact, more fluid conversation skills, more responsiveness.
To this day, our son - now a college graduate in computer science, living and working in our family home - exercises regularly on his rebounder (as do I!). We’re grateful to Bellicon for this fine product, and for how it has helped our son progress and develop. I’m so happy we found it, and that we made rebounding a part of our lives.
M.D. Massachusetts, June 2015
Experience of a father of an Autistic Child:
Our daughter is autistic and intellectually disabled. Life has not been easy for her. In the last year, a multi-pronged approach to therapy has greatly improved her life experience. One unexpected contributor to this change has been her intense use of her rebounder, which she now uses at least 4 hours a day.
She has had her bellicon for several years now, and has used it on a fairly regular basis. Her current intense regimen started eight months ago, without any encouragement from parents or therapists.
Several benefits are readily apparent: as she jumps she is often suffused with quiet contentment, as if in an elevated mood brought on by a release of endorphins; jumping is also a time for embodied free-wheeling reflection, leading to insights and decisions that serve her well; finally, jumping burns calories, thereby mitigating the weight gains associated with the medication she takes. She now habitually takes long walks, of 3 miles or more, without complaint.
"Effects of a trampoline exercise intervention on motor performance and balance ability of children with intellectual disabilities"A Study published in 2013 in the Journal of Sport and Health Science found that:
Read the study