“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” – Dr. Stephen Shore
What is Autism?
Autism, or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), is a wide-spectrum developmental disorder. That pretty much means that no two people with autism will experience the same symptoms. However, there are a few common threads that link people with ASD. People with ASD typically have issues with non-verbal communication, social interactions, repetitive behaviors, and sensory struggle.
Why It’s Important to Us
Trampolines are a valuable tool that can be used as therapy for individuals with autism. Therapists will use trampolines to help children with autism to improve how the brain processes and organizes incoming information through physical movement.
Trampolines also are a great way to cope with stress or anxiety. In the case of kids with autism, children may seek certain sensations in order to calm down.
Trampolines are generally fun for the whole family and are a great way to burn calories… but for children with ASD, trampolines could significantly affect their lives. April is a month designated to help increase the understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder. As a company, we’ve personally seen how trampolines have helped children with ASD, and we’ll be supporting this movement year round!
How We’ve Helped
This past April we hosted a giveaway where families and friends nominated individuals with autism to win a free trampoline. We ended up giving away 7 trampolines! Check out how we surprised one local family with a new trampoline for their son, Thomas:
We also interviewed a few individuals with autism to learn more and spread awareness. Meet Jared & family, and learn more about their experience with ASD. Then, read Lori Sealy’s account of how autism affects her daily life.
“It’s probably one of the first things Jared puts out there. He says, ‘I have Asperger’s.’ But it’s a statement; it’s not that he’s ashamed of it. It is what it is.” Deborah, the mother of 26-year-old Jared, shared her personal experience of raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. “We found out Jared was on the spectrum when he was… Continue Reading »
“Where the sensory is concerned, much of my life has been lived without filters attached. For many people, the brain naturally sifts and separates visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile information. Your brain is able to decipher and discern what’s important to focus on and set aside that which is less relevant at the moment. In my experience with autism, everything… Continue Reading »
During the month of April, we donated a portion of sales to autism awareness and acceptance. We donated to the NUAP (Northern Utah Autism Program), which is an early intervention program for children diagnosed with autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).
How You Can Help
Join us in supporting autism awareness! Here are a few ideas:
- Check out some Autism Awareness Resources to see how you can help the community
- Donate to your favorite autism charity
- World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. Celebrate by wearing blue, contributing to local fundraising events, and share your experience on social media to raise awareness!
- Follow our blog to read more accounts of individuals with ASD
- Follow us on social media and let us know how you showed support for autism!
To nominate someone for the Autism Sponsorship, click below.
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