Rebound Therapy—How Trampolines Benefit Individuals with Autism

Rebound Therapy—How Trampolines Benefit Individuals with Autism

If you were to ask Jack what he likes to do in his spare time, he might mention swinging in his backyard, swimming during the summer, or jumping on his trampoline. These might seem like typical activities of an average 11-year-old, but for Jack, there’s a lot more to it. 

Jack has Down Syndrome, but he also falls on the autistic spectrum. He has a sensory processing disorder, which is pretty common for kids with autism.  

“When we talked to Jack’s occupational therapist, we learned that jumping on a trampoline really helps Jack’s vestibular system,” described Jennie, Jack’s mother. “Basically, Jack’s inner ear is off, and so he is always seeking activities to stimulate this system.” 

When individuals struggle with vestibular input, they are either over or under sensitive to their balance and movement. In Jack’s case, he needs the additional movement the trampoline provides. 

“Our occupational therapist really helped us understand that Jack needed a ‘sensory diet,’” Jennie continued. “Just like you and I need to feed our bodies when we feel hungry, and we can’t concentrate until we’ve eaten, Jack needs to ‘feed’ his vestibular system. Jack needs a sensory break every now and again in order to help him focus better.” 

And these breaks are not only beneficial to Jack’s sensory processing, but to his physical and social health as well.  

“Jumping on the trampoline gives Jack multiple benefits. The jumping motion helps strengthen the muscles in his joints, and the sensory pressure stimulates his inner ear. I like that jumping on a trampoline is just healthy for kids in general… it gives them the exercise they need,” Jennie noted. 

Trampolines are an excellent way to have fun outdoors and promote physical fitness, but for individuals like Jack, trampolines can also make a significant difference in their sensory and mental development. 

“If another mom or parent came to me describing some of the tendencies Jack has, I would definitely recommend they get a trampoline,” Jennie advised. 

We have heard firsthand from many families like Jack’s just how beneficial trampolines can be. It’s because of these stories, we, here at Skywalker Trampolines, want to help make a difference. If you have a loved one with autism like Jack, consider nominating them in our social media giveaway this month to give them a chance to receive a free trampoline. Click here to nominate them. If you'd like to reach out to us regarding partnerships or other ways we can support autism acceptance, please email us at 

For more information, you can also check out this helpful resource: 

Trampolines are Good Therapy 

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