The Great Open Jump for Autism!

As a sensory seeker – B’s favorite activity (besides running) is JUMPING. In fact, I have entertained the notion that B may have a career as a acrobat. Or maybe a diver. Or a stuntman.

We have been told to encourage his jumping, as it not only strengthens his muscles but to works off excess energy. That’s why we have a trampoline in the basement. That’s why our little backyard pool has a makeshift jumping spot (it’s the slide, lol).

Using the top of the slide as his jumping spot.

That’s why the past two years we have had his birthday party at Pump It Up.

At his 4th birthday party (2011)

At a friend’s party – where he learned that the slide wasn’t so scary (2010)

We are super excited for next week’s big event – The 4th Annual Great Open Jump for Autism. In conjunction with Autism Speaks, Pump It Up is having FREE open bounce sessions at its franchises.  It’s “free” but 100% of the donations accepted will go to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is working with Pump It Up to enhance its existing “Sensory Jump Time” program, which will soon feature games and activities for children with autism. The program will be a fun way for children with autism to work on their social skills and gross motor skills in a safe environment.

We’re going to go and also see how successful it is. This is definitely something else to consider for our Walk Now for Autism Speaks team as a fundraiser!

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About OneLoCoMommy

I live in Northern Virginia and and I look like the stereotypical suburban mom, for better or for worse. My son plays baseball and takes karate (albeit adaptive). My daughter is a gymnastics diva but rolls with the boys in T-ball. I've been a Room Mom and Playdate Coordinator. I work full-time, try to work out, and love my Book Club. However, I also blog on my experiences on our ASD, SPD and ADHD journey while trying to be a better parent advocate. All in a life's work.
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