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#1 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:36 PM

a while ago there was some discussion about ASD kids and trampolines.  DS (ASD) is pinning for one -  at our old place he did a runner and got into our neighbour's yard to get on theirs - but it's out of the question for the time being.  I did get a second-hand jogger tramp but it's a very poor second cousin.

I recall some people accessed funding for tramps.  How did you go about this?
DS is school age and we are in Vic.

#2 3_for_me

Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:45 PM

It's probably something that you could use facshia funding for if it was purchased through your OT but I'm guessing he is too old for that fundng now ( *grrrr...*)

We bought one from Kmart for only a couple of hundred dollars on layby, it's enormous so the smaller ones would be even cheaper.

Why is it out of the question at the moment? (space or funding, etc)

#3 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:51 PM

Space, and lack of a suitable spot (so a smaller one wouldn't help right now)

When we move money will be tight then, my  contract at work will finish at the same time, and no doubt I will want to continue the speech therapy that we can afford becaue I am working.

We are moving to a windy area,  fully expect a typical tramp to get blown into a neighbour's yard at some point.

So i just wanted to find out more about them first.  DS, as much as I loathe the term, fit's the LFA description.  He's in gymbaroo which will finish, but his body strength is lacking.  His younger sister is stronger than him

#4 firstatforty

Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:30 PM

Could you put one on layby til Christmas through the various toy sales that are coming up? If you're worried about wind you could peg it to the ground with tent pegs at the bottom.

My son has autism with low muscle tone so having a trampoline is great for him. I'm trying to teach him to stop suddenly which will help improve his muscle tone. The OT also suggested things like jumping over a rope back and forth or kicking a ball around. At the moment he justs does laps and jumps.

#5 mamma2miracles

Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:53 PM

Try Gumtree or Ebay maybe?  We picked ours upfor $50 on gumtree, it was a replacement as DH went straight through the mat of the old one (which we bought off Ebay anyway).  Best thing ever, they do go down as small as 8ft which would fit almost anywhere (even inside)

DS1 loves the trampoline, the look of joy on his face as he jumps is well worthwhile.  He's pretty much non-verbal,very sensory and it really helps him,  If you did have FaCHSIA funding left, you could get one through an OT, at DS1's school they have a massive oval springfree trampoline, I lust after that thing LOL

#6 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:53 PM

Another meltdown today over next door's trampoline, mind you, I think anything could have been the trigger, it was the day for it.  the 2nd had jogger I got from Gumtree, but the mat is too tight.  It's for adult exercise, not kids jumping.

Hmm, might have to see if I can take out some springs.

I know someone with a springfree, yep, fabulous!  They have some great indoor tramps at gymbaroo, they are smaller, very bounce.  One was from Kmart a few years ago.  I have been stalking Kmart but I only see the outdoor ones.  the other is rectangular and not really suitable for us anyhow.  It would have cost as much as an outdoor.

#7 TheLittleRedHen

Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:01 PM

We have no backyard to speak of, but we have an undercover area with a high roof. We bought a 6ft action trampoline with enclosure from Toys'R'Us (online).  It is about $279 but it quite often goes on special to around $180.  
It's really good and takes up to 80kgs.

#8 beaglebaby

Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:16 AM

How old is he?  There are some good little kids tramps around that are only slightly bigger than the jogging ones, but are square and have a rail the child hangs onto, they would be bouncier than the jogging ones too.  I'm sure I've seen them in Kmart and Big W for only about $39.

#9 madmother

Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:13 AM


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