Rebound @ Millstead will endeavour to:
· work with teachers, support staff, physios and OTs towards developing physiological, physical and communication skills.
· allow experienced trained staff to assess development and plan a range of activities and movements that will support children.
· give children confidence in their movements and coordination whilst developing fitness, spatial awareness and self-esteem;
· provide a fun and safe environment which the children enjoy and thrive on.
Benefits of Rebound Therapy
For children with Autism:
· Intensive interaction;
· Developing eye contact;
· Following simple instructions;
· Encouraging physical touch;
· Expending energy.
For children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties:
· Following a structured physiotherapy programme;
· Developing control and posture of body parts;
· Relaxation and massage.
For children with Severe Learning Difficulties:
· Intensive interaction;
· Learning a new skill;
· Following instructions and movement.
Above all having freedom and fun!
Therapeutic Effects of Rebound Therapy
movement can be facilitated at different stages of the bounce. The most active movement takes place at the top of the bounce where acceleration of the body equals the downthrust of gravity to allow a momentary “gravity-free” zone. A tiny body movement can produce a large effect. Momentum and rhythm can be added to movement to help teach new skills and energise movement.
Body image, body part awareness and positional sense are enhanced through tactile and joint sensation. Increased perception of body image, spatial awareness combined with rhythm, and movement itself, greatly develop co-ordination. The experience of movement into space provides an enriched learning experience for anybody with motor-impairment.
Due to cardio-respiratory effects, vocalisation is increased—with exclamations and gasps. Eye contact and concentration are enhanced by the “focus effect”.
Skills of our Rebound Therapy Staff Team
Þ Rebound staff at Millstead are extensively trained professionals with a detailed understanding of the individual needs the children they support.
Þ Staff work in collaboration with school Physiotherapists to enhance each child’s personal programme.
Þ Staff use a wide range of resources such as; wedges, abduction bands, parachute and cushions to stimulate specific parts of the body and movement.
Þ Rebound staff train others within the school and communicate to supporting staff how they can provide the best experience for the children.
Þ Staff continually assess, plan, observe and evidence the progress of the children .
Þ Staff keep parents/carers fully informed of the progress made by their child.