ROLE OF THE THERAPIST
At Dee banks school we offer great facilities to support Rebound Therapy. We currently have five trained coaches within school one of which has been a Rebound Therapist for over Ten years who supports and delivers the programme.
There are great benefits to rebound therapy, allowing children freedom of movement through gentle rhythmical bouncing, they can develop a range of skills including gross motor, balance, independence, interaction, trust and communication as well as having lots of fun.
It is impossible to bounce without smiling or enjoyment, this helps to release endorphins ‘happy hormone’ in your body and allows freedom of movement not otherwise experienced; movement in space. Rebound helps to develop spatial awareness and proprioception (tightening and loosening of muscles) helping the sensory nerve endings in the muscles feedback to the brain.
This type of therapy helps to increase self-confidence, balance and awareness of your own body; in turn, improving fitness, strength, improving posture, heart rate and breathing.
- a typical rebound session lasts 20 minutes per child.
Children can explore the sensory facilities in the room whilst awaiting their turn on the trampoline. In order to keep a calm and relaxing environment, a maximum of three children at a time may join the session.The session starts with a 5 minute relaxation, stretching and movement of the joints followed by gentle bouncing to a more high energy workout and ending with a calm and cool down, low bouncing to bobble technique.
Music and materials are used suited to the age and development of the child to help with visual tracking and engagement.
Padding of body for support may be required for some children using cushions, bean pillows and soft memory foam mats to prevent hands and skin rubbing on the movement of the bed.
Our rebound therapists ensure that medical consent forms are up to date and that they record the progress of the children using the Winstrada development award programme. Michelle liaises regularly with physiotherapists in school to ensure that the team make each childs session relevant and individual to their specific needs.
Michelle Cook firstname.lastname@example.org
Ros Larkins email@example.com.
Further information and guidance can be found at http://www.reboundtherapy.org
Any child who participates in rebound sessions must have signed parental consent, please contact Michelle Cook if you require any further information or refer to the website.
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