The phrase ‘Rebound Therapy’ describes a specific method of use of a full sized trampoline to provide opportunities for movement, therapeutic exercise and recreation for people across virtually the whole spectrum of additional needs.
We have a number of staff trained to deliver rebound therapy as part of our physical education provision and also as part of our intervention offering.
In addition to the physical and therapeutic focus of rebound therapy we also use the opportunity to build and develop students communication skills, whether that be through the use of intensive interaction, AAC e.g. TD Snap, symbols, PECS and PODD mats or expanding on verbal communication.
Rebound Therapy is also a good opportunity to work on PSHE skills such as turn taking, waiting and also dressing skills.
Pupils first time at their Rebound Sessions
Butterfly class took part in rebound therapy for their first time. Lots of the children started off lacking confidence and feeling nervous when on the large piece of equipment. Over the sessions we were able to build confidence and gain trampolining safety and skills allowing them to jump and bounce in different ways .
The children really enjoyed the sessions and we used this motivation to build on our communication working on requesting activities and talking about what we are doing.
Well done Butterfly class!!!!!
Experiencing different movements
Owl class have been accessing the trampoline to experience a different range of movement. The children used the trampoline to move up and down, side to side, fast and slow. The children were able to experience movements that they do not usually experience when in their wheel chairs and on static ground.
The motivation of the trampoline is also a really good opportunity to practice our requesting skills and persistence when making requests.
In rebound Therapy we have been working hard on our confidence going on the trampoline, and some in particular have even learnt to do a seat drop after lots of practise.