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ERIC Number: EJ837225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Therapeutic Play at Inflatable Playgrounds
Yavorcik, Carin
Exceptional Parent, v39 n4 p26 Apr 2009
The environment at indoor inflatable playgrounds, featuring giant bounce houses and slides, can become an ideal place for children with autism to receive helpful sensations. This is the reasoning behind Sensory Nights hosted by the Autism Society of America and Pump It Up, a national franchise of giant, indoor inflatable playgrounds. The private play times are designed exclusively for children with special needs and their families--the music is turned off and the bounce arenas are less crowded, so children aren't as likely to be overstimulated as in other similar environments that might be noisier. But besides avoiding overstimulation, bouncing in this sort of environment also can provide therapeutic benefits for sensory challenges by creating a calming sensation called proprioceptive input.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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