Experience of a Mother of an Autistic Child
We are the fortunate owners of a bellicon rebounder, which has served us well for many years. For our family, its positive effects have extended well beyond those usually associated with rebounders. Here is our story:
When our youngest son was in preschool, he was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (at that time it was called “Asperger Syndrome”), and throughout his early years he regularly received sensory integration therapy in his school. At his therapist’s suggestion, we acquired a backyard trampoline, which our son loved. We noticed how much more responsive he became while he was bouncing - he was able to make conversation and eye contact much more easily. But throughout the snowy winter, when he needed it most, it wasn’t possible to use it, and as he grew older it was gradually left behind.
In his final year of high school, we needed to find an appropriate exercise program for his Senior Wellness Project, and to fit his life it needed to be something he could do indoors throughout the school year. Remembering his success with bouncing in childhood, we sent for a bellicon rebounder, and he began a regular program of exercise on it. The amazing transformations we had seen in his trampoline days came back, even though the bouncing was much more gentle. Rebounding wasn’t just a perfect exercise program for his body, it brought his mind into better functioning as well, helping him work around the deficits associated with autism. As before, we saw better eye contact, more fluid conversation skills, more responsiveness.
To this day, our son - now a college graduate in computer science, living and working in our family home - exercises regularly on his rebounder (as do I!). We’re grateful to Bellicon for this fine product, and for how it has helped our son progress and develop. I’m so happy we found it, and that we made rebounding a part of our lives.
M.D. Massachusetts, June 2015