July 7, 2014
Sensory Rebound at BounceU
I love (almost) nothing more than being able to tell you I’ve got a safe, fun, and inexpensive activity to share with you that meets the needs of autistic children.
Okay, maybe I love chocolate and wine more, but you get my gist.
I am always looking for ways to get out of my house (have been that way since I could walk, don’t think it’s going to change any time soon,) but have found that goal to be more difficult at times (understatement of the year) since having two autistic children, one on the severe end of the spectrum.
I believe my kids’ issues with going places often stemmed from sensory overload, which I’d try to ameliorate as best I could. Often (especially with my oldest) I’m convinced Justin simply didn’t want to leave the house, which is fine once in a while, but not every single day. Slowly but surely over the years I’ve learned how best to take my kids places, and the world has opened up to us.
I won’t lie when I tell you it’s been hard work.
Traditionally however there’s been one place that always worked for Justin, and that’s been places like House of Bounce and BounceU. Fortunately we live in close proximity to both, and have taken advantage of “open bounces” periodically throughout the years. I’ve found he often wants to leave after half an hour however, a time period I’ve felt is not commensurate with the amount of energy and packing up I had to do to get him there. At times I’ve wondered if it’s just too much sensory overload for him, and have always dreamed of a bounce session more tailored to autistic children just to give it a try.
And now, that dream has come true.
BounceU of Eatontown is launching a new Sensory Rebound Bounce, great for autistic children. BounceU was originated with a primary goal of providing all children with special needs a safe, fun place to have open play and/or host their birthday parties. Sensory Rebound bounce is limited to children with special needs and is hosted in a vast indoor environment, giving children and their family members plenty of room to bounce & play safely. Eventually the goal of BounceU is to get this sensory rebound session to include an occupational therapist. My friend Francine Banick is helping run it and has asked for my input to make it the best it can be, and I’m looking forward to checking it out in the next few weeks.
Trust me, this is a woman who will make sure it fits our needs.
Sensory Rebound starts in Eatontown on Wednesday July 2nd at 3:30-4:30 and will run bi-weekly for only $9 per bouncer. Marlboro location starts Wednesday, July 9th at 3:30-4:30 and will run bi-weekly throughout the summer as well. Parents bounce for free & siblings may also bounce for only $9.
Reservations are recommended, so call (732) 935-0010 for the Eatontown location, and (732) 972-6862 for the Marlboro location.
I’ll be checking it out soon, hope to see you there, and have a safe and fun summer!