What is Rebound Therapy?
Rebound Therapy makes use of a trampoline to provide therapeutic exercise, activities and recreation for individuals with a range of exceptionalities. Eddy Anderson, a headteacher with a therapy background, introduced the use of a trampoline with children with a variety of disabilities in 1969 and founded ReboundTherapy.org in 1972. In 1997, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists working with Adults with a Learning Disability began utilizing Rebound Therapy as well.
Rebound Therapy is now commonplace for both children and adults with exceptional needs in the UK and is growing in popularity internationally as evidenced by the creation of Rebound Therapy USA, which trains
practitioners in the United States.
REBOUND THERAPY is used to facilitate movement, promote balance, promote an increase or decrease in muscle tone, promote relaxation, promote sensory integration, improve fitness and exercise tolerance, and improve communication skills and much more. Many participants have mild to severe physical limitations, diagnosed learning disabilities, sensory impairment or are on the autism spectrum among other conditions.
Who is Rebound Therapy for?
Almost anyone can benefit from Rebound Therapy! Rebound Therapy can help develop and improve:
- functional and recreational movement/freedom of movement
- kinesthetic awareness
- affect muscle tone
- clear secretions
- sensory integration
- cardiovascular fitness and exercise tolerance
- communication and speech skills
- timing ("keeping tempo")
Rebound Therapy also stimulates the digestive system, improves bowel function, internally massages
organs, and clears toxins from the body.
Rebound Therapy is individualized and can be adapted for use in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, recreational therapy, trampolining/gymnastics… the list goes on.
- functional interdependence/age appropriate independence
- reaction speed
- social skills
- sense of achievement
- trust and confidence
- color recognition
- height and depth perception
- FUN and ENJOYMENT