Wokingham Borough Council is now offering Rebound Therapy at St Crispin’s Sports Centre, Wokingham as part of the Activise programme.
Rebound Therapy is a trampoline based activity that is used to facilitate movement. This is done by using a range of techniques for people with learning or physical disabilities, using all parts of the anatomy.
The sessions are one to one and tailored to the individual’s need or goals that they want to achieve. A range of benefits include physical, psychological, sensory and social, along with the opportunity to have fun.
The sessions use techniques that respond to the individual, which involve using stimulating movements, sounds, objects and body recognition skills for people that have a mild or profound multiple learning disabilities. More able participants benefit from learning skills and techniques similar to disability trampolining.
The Activise programme offers sports and physical activities for adults with a long term health condition such as mental health conditions, substance misuse or learning and physical disability, plus other adult groups such as young parents, young offenders or people at risk of offending and families with support needs.
Other sessions available include multi sports, badminton, Nordic walking and health walks. There will also be two events in line with this year's summer events, which include a learning disability football and athletics tournament in June, as well as a disability awareness sports event in September.
Parent Helen Duncan said: "Gemma has benefitted tremendously from weekly Rebound Therapy. The instructors are encouraging and supportive and there is a great sense of camaraderie and fun each week. Gemma says that she looks forward to going each week and has made some new friends. She especially likes the trampoline and, although she was nervous at first, is getting better each week."
Another parent Sue Johnson said: "I would say that the sports session have been great for William. As young people with a leaning disability get older, I have found that there are fewer opportunities to access sport in a social way and I am really pleased that Wokingham Borough Council continues to provide this. The range of activities on offer is varied and the staff are all very supportive.
"William has poor eyesight so activities like badminton and table tennis are good for improving his hand-eye coordination. William was really pleased when he found that he could take part in trampolining. This is an activity that he enjoys but has not been able to access for many years. Hopefully this will be good for his sense of balance as well as helping with his overall fitness."
For more information about Rebound Therapy or the Activise programme, residents should contact the council’s sports development team on (0118) 974 6264 or visit: