STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A bounce session can be a great way to blow off some steam but it can also be a great form of stimulation for children with sensory needs.
It’s easy to have fun in a room that is a giant inflated playground.
Most kids would jump right in and jump right on everything in the room. But special needs children sometimes have to play differently.
“So I actually had to push him into the room and drag him up the slide to get him to even try the piece of equipment,” said Wendy Vankirk, owner of Bounce U.
Bounce U doesn’t shy away from kids that have special needs, they seek them out.
“I saw the concept, immediately I wanted to do sensory bounces for kids with special needs,” said Vankirk.
And children who were afraid to run and play are doing so knowing that’s the place they can let their hair down.
“And now you see him running around and playing with my staff with no problems whatsoever,” said Vankirk.
Wendy Vankirk owns Bounce U and has an autistic daughter. She understands the challenges of the social life of a person with special needs.
“I have a whole population of kids who have no place to go,” said Vankirk.
Bounce U is the one place you don’t have to worry if you are doing it right. There is no wrong way to have fun.
“The kids could play with my staff and not have to worry about being kicked out because their behaviors are difficult or they do something odd,” said Vankirk.
In small groups with other children that also have special needs, the instructors at Bounce U show the kids the simple but fun side of life.