The Bouncing Teeter Totter™
Special Needs Benefits
There is a basic connection between early stimulation of the senses and the development of social and developmental growth. If your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the Bouncing Teeter Totter™ should have a place in your home or in your backyard. The Bouncing Teeter Totter™ supports sensory regulation while helping children focus on muscle work, core strengthening and balance. Exercise, such as bouncing or jumping, also has positive health benefits on cognitive performance. As children repeat a physical activity such as this, they may experience:
- Release of energy and tension
- Less restlessness and distraction
- Learning how to regulate their body movement
- Development of self-control
- Calming sensations
- Enhancing focusing, concentration and attention
- An active-learning mindset
- Active development and matured behavior
If your child is attending an early intervention program or is getting special services in school, tell your child’s teacher, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and/or speech therapist about the Bouncing Teeter Totter™.
From the Experts
An Occupational Therapist’s Insight
By: Leona Segura
Hello, my name is Leona Segura. I’m an occupational therapist that has worked in schools and with birth- to 3-year-old children in the home for more than 16 years. My passion and expertise lies in working with children and the families of children with sensory processing disorder and autism.
As an occupational therapist in the schools, I utilize sensory integration equipment in my therapy room on a daily basis. Part of my job is to set up sensory diets in school as well as in the home to support sensory regulation. I frequently recommend sensory toys for the home. The Bouncing Teeter Totter™ (BTT) has quickly become one of my top two sensory toys or sensory regulation tools. Children run into my room requesting the BTT.
What are the benefits of the BTT?
Because of the dynamic, spring-loaded suspension, it provides children with sensory regulation issues the opportunity to get wonderful vestibular and proprioceptive input simultaneously. It also allows for heavy large muscle work, core strengthening and balance, especially when they are asked to make the bouncer go with-out using their feet.
The BTT is small and portable. It’s easy to move around any room. My children have made me a believer. The BTT is a sensory tool that I will never go without.
More From the Experts
How The Bouncing Teeter Totter™ Can Help Special Needs Children
By: Wendy A. Wilson, LCSW
It turns out that physical exercise can have great health benefits on cognitive performance. It keeps the brain in better shape.
Studies show that being able to move about, to fidget, especially for boys, helps them to concentrate, to release energy and to learn better. Kids who move and fidget calm down when they have an opportunity to release energy. They can concentrate and focus.
I have worked as a psychotherapist with children for many years. During my work with a 6-year-old boy who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, I noticed that his mother would park at my office and remove a pogo stick from the trunk of her car.
Her son would bounce up and down on it for about five minutes and then come inside, sit down and have a calm and settled talk with me. She told me that the bouncing rhythm helped her son to calm down and focus.
The Bouncing Teeter Totter™ has the same rhythmic bouncing motion as a pogo stick. I have since put a Bouncing Teeter Totter™ in my waiting room. Kids love using it. It helps them to then focus on talking about themselves.
When children exercise, their brain releases chemicals which help with attention and clear thinking. The result is to ease stress and anxiety, and improve impulse control. It helps their brain to plan, organize and remember details.
Young kids teach themselves and learn by using their bodies. How do they do this? They repeat the physical activity of bouncing motion and rhythm. They feel their bodies moving in space. They jump on couches and beds over and over.
Sand Box Tent™
By: Wendy A. Wilson, LCSW
Besides the three Bouncing Teeter Totters that I have purchased, I am also very keen on the other product that you invented, the Sand Box Tent™. When my kids, who are now nearing age fifty were little guys, I brought a wooden handmade sandbox into our living room so they all could get tactile sensory experience with sand. I filled it with different sized cups, wooden spoons, pots, and sometimes let them use a little water in the sandbox.
They all played in it but especially in winter. They brought in their toy trucks, their little soldiers, their dolls, their kitchens, their doll house furniture, etc. There was sand all over our tiny house. I was vacuuming all the time and the wooden floors were gritty from the sand. I wish I had been able to use your product then. They would have loved the idea of having a tent included. I can see them inventing a whole new world using the enclosed tent as way to have quiet time to read or play cards or to just talk. And think about how efficient it would be to have the tent attached so that the sand would stay inside the sandbox better. I also liked your idea though of using pillows and blankets in place of the sand for a more comfortable and cleaner indoor experience.
I think your Sand Box Tent™ idea is as wonderful as the Bouncing Teeter Totter™. You know that I am certain that your products are essential learning tools for special needs kids to develop their minds and also to have fun doing it. Now there is so much backup for the idea that sensory stimulation improves brain functioning.
Three of my grandchildren are on the autism spectrum and five are not. All of them are curious, happy kids enjoying your innovative products. Thank you!
The Bouncing Teeter Totter™ in Occupational Therapy
By: Mary, Occupational Therapist
My name is Mary and I have been an Occupational Therapist on the West Coast working with the pediatric population for 32 years. I currently work for a school district. We use the Bouncing Teeter Totter (BTT) in our clinic and it has proven to be an excellent therapeutic tool that is also loads of fun for the children. It provides them with needed sensory input to both their proprioceptive (body awareness) and vestibular (movement) systems. At the same time they are working on postural control. Use of the BTT targets upper body, lower body and grasp strength. The unique design allows the children to access the unit independently. We have also seen an increase in imaginary play and an increase in vocalizations from all of the movement and sensory input. The Bouncing Teeter Totter provides the drive and input that many of our children with visual impairments and sensory processing deficits seek. It is one of the most popular pieces of equipment in our clinic. Many of our families would benefit from having a Bouncing Teeter Totter in their home.