A trampoline funded by Therapy Focus’ GIVE Program is providing a number of benefits for 12 year-old Zamahn Jack.
Zahmahn is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is non-verbal but loves interacting with his friends and family, often through his big cheeky grin. Like many 12 year-olds, Zahmahn has a lot of energy, but relies on outdoor exercise to regulate and calm himself.
Using his communication book, Zamahn expressed to his therapy team that he enjoyed bouncing on a trampoline and would really like one of his own. Seeing how much he benefited from exercise, Zamahn’s therapy team agreed that a trampoline would be a great tool for self-regulation, as well as a way to encourage Zahmahn to communicate more with his family.
Occupational Therapist Emily Greenwood supported Zamahn’s family to apply for a grant through Therapy Focus’ GIVE Program to purchase a trampoline with a basketball hoop and safety netting. The application was successful and Zamahn received his very own trampoline in June 2019.
Emily said that prior to receiving the trampoline Zamahn would run around the family home and find it difficult to engage in day-to-day activities, but now that he is able to expend his energy on the trampoline, his family, therapy team and school have seen big changes in his behaviour.
His teacher has noticed that he has been much calmer and more available for learning since he’s had the trampoline, when previously he found it difficult to concentrate,” Emily said.
The trampoline has also provided more opportunities for Zamahn to socialise with his friends and siblings, and is also used in his therapy sessions.
Therapy Focus’ GIVE Program assists with the purchase of items and activities that promote independence, participation and social inclusion of people living with disability.
Applications for the next round of funding open on Monday 4 November and close on Friday 29 November, 2019.