After hearing us talk about the sensory benefits of jumping, my dad decided to order Philip a mini trampoline. It arrived earlier this week. I didn’t know that Dad had made the purchase when he called me to request Peter’s help in assembling something in a box. Peter, not able to assist that evening but not wanting to wait to find out what was in the box, sent Philip and I over to my parents’ when we were headed to the store for milk.
When we got there, Philip, not surprisingly, was fascinated by the box.
My dad and I were amused when, after we turned the box over to reveal the picture of the trampoline inside, Philip started jumping on the box.
Philip and I left to finish our errands. For the next few days, we opted to stay home out of the cold, snowy weather. This evening, when we went for our weekly Sunday supper, Peter and Grandpa were finally able to put together the mini trampoline. Philip “helped.” This consisted of sitting in the middle of the overturned device as the legs were screwed on. And staying there as attached the cover to the frame.
Right before we were ready to set the trampoline upright and attach its handle, Philip tried to loosen the straps that hold the cover to the frame. The ones that we struggled to put on. Frustrated when he couldn’t undo them, Philip started to cry. Fortunately, Peter was able to quickly put the handle on so that Philip could start jumping. Here is a smiling Philip trying out the fully assembled trampoline under Grandpa’s supervision.
UPDATE: This blog post asserts that the mini-trampoline is the second greatest invention for the autism world.