Trampolines are fun. Another benefit is that while you're having fun, you're strengthening your muscles, developing your balance, and improving your coordination. Special needs children can benefit significantly from these benefits.
A child with physical disabilities is challenged with movement limitations, which can affect their ability to participate in sports and day-to-day activities. This can result in a loss of confidence and ultimately avoidance of mainstream activities.
1. Strength of limbs + bones
Trampolines improve bone health in two main ways. A natural source of Vitamin D is obtained by being outdoors and getting a natural dose of sunshine throughout the day. The other way is purely from bouncing. When bones are under stress, they grow stronger, while when they are not under stress they weaken. This can be accomplished by working against gravity.
2. Improve Co-Ordination, Posture and Balance
The act of light bouncing and rebounding can improve kids' coordination and dexterity and help them tune into their bodies. The trampoline can also help them improve their posture and balance, giving them better control of their bodies and helping them understand their limits and capabilities.
3. Build Self-Confidence
A release of endorphins, the "feel-good" hormones that lift your mood and boost your kid’s self-esteem. Additionally, it helps the body release dopamine, which can help kids feel more alert and cheerful. This makes trampolines one of the most effective and fun tools for combating anxiety and improving impulse control.
4. Gain + Improve Fitness
Oxygen is the most vital nutrient for human health. Jumping promotes a healthy blood circulation. Jumping on the trampoline regularly will energise your body and increase your resistance to colds, flus, and other diseases. It’s a low-impact activity that’s great for light exercise and maintaining or improving physical fitness.
5. Stimulation of the Senses
Trampolines provide active sensory stimulation that can help kids with special needs – particularly those who have sensory disorders – to interpret physical and environmental stimuli more effectively. The rhythmic bouncing and physical sensations of jumping and falling, for example, can help kids with sensory disorders to align with their sensory systems and improve their motor skills.