A Florida town is introducing a new type of occupational therapy specifically targeted at children with special needs. Therapy Jump, a New Jersey-based company, operates special playrooms that help kids develop essential emotional and social skills as they play inside fun, bounce houses. The occupational therapy rooms are targeted to kids ages 2 to 12.
About the Therapy Jump Program
Miriam Skydell founded the Therapy Jump program. She has worked as an occupational therapist for 30 years. Four years ago, Skydell launched her first Sensory Bounce Therapy center in the NorthEast. She has expanded her concept to other locations within the United States.
She was inspired to develop sensory bounce houses after watching children run around inside regular bounce houses. She recognized that the houses would be perfect therapy for special-needs children since they couldn't handle the stimulation of an unsupervised play area, but could adapt to one specifically designed to help them.
What is Sensory Bounce Therapy?
Sensory Bounce Therapy is a dynamic sensory-motor and social skills therapy group. It combines sensory equipment with occupational therapy. The program launched in June 2013.
Children work on their balance, timing, motor control, social interaction, motor planning, and spatial awareness. While playing, children learn to facilitate skills such as eye contact, language, impulse control, sensory modulation, frustration tolerance, sensory modulation, team building, and sportsmanship. The kids also learn foundational skills that help with handwriting, reading, and problem-solving.
Skydell brought the program to Wellington, Fla. when a mother of an autistic child asked for the entrepreneur to open a location in her city. Occupational therapists work with the children that have ADHD and autism. They help improve the young people's muscle tone and addresses their sensory processing challenges.
The center opened on January 11 and the program costs $325 a month. Some insurance plans reimburse the therapy expenses. For more information, visit www.kidtherapycenter.com or call (201) 794-7700.
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