BounceAbility – Seat Drop

We go through good and bad stages with Ethan and his BounceAbility sessions. We have weeks when he does as he is told and follows instructions and then we have weeks where he is making us chase after him for the full fifteen minutes.

We have been going through a bad phase at the moment and during his sessions Ethan is practically being held in place on the trampoline by his trainer. We have been trying lots of encouragement during his sessions and I spend my time standing at the edge of the trampoline clapping and cheering when Ethan is doing well. I’m also ready to run when Ethan decides to play games and wants to test all of the other trampolines in the building. This is a lot easier now I’m no longer pregnant!

I wasn’t very confident about how yesterdays session was going to turn out, as when we tried to get Ethan out of the car, asking him if he wants to go bouncing he said ‘No!’ At that point I expected the worst.

I don’t know how it happened but somehow yesterdays session went from Ethan being held in place on the trampoline to him showing us he knows the seat drop manoeuvre!

Ethan has been going to BounceAbility for nearly a year now and his trainer has tried to teach him how to jump and touch his knees at the same time. A very simple task you may think but when Ethan barley gives his trainer any eye contact it is near impossible.

As we know Ethan also learns at his own pace and whilst he has been ignoring his trainer he has been watching the other people in the room. They are older and more advanced than Ethan, so they can do lots of the manoeuvres.

I always said that one day he will show us what he has learnt from his observations and yesterday was the day.

By the end of Ethan’s fifteen minute session Ethan was on his trampoline, his trainer was on the one opposite because Ethan had shown us that he knew how to do a seat drop. His trainer then wanted to see if Ethan could touch his knees or jump like a star shape. Ethan did try to put his legs in the suggested positions. He didn’t really move his arms but then Ethan has never really know how to use his hand or his arms, it is something we really have to work on with him.      

Ethan also had great fun showing us lots of seat drops, we had to clap and cheer each and everyone of them.

Now this session may have been a complete one off, but I really hope it’s the turning point. The start of Ethan paying attention to his trainer. Only time will tell…

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12 Comments

  1. 17th September 2014 / 11:56 am

    You’re right, it does seem like he’s paying more attention to his trainer. I’m sure he’ll do much better in the sessions to come!

    • 1st October 2014 / 2:11 pm

      I really hope so, he can be so up and down at his sessions x

  2. 17th September 2014 / 12:46 pm

    I hope so too, maybe he’s showing you he takes things in and will do something with the information in his own time (incredibly frustrating for you however!) x

    • 1st October 2014 / 2:12 pm

      I truly believe this is how he works. We were going to swimming lessons for two years before he decided to show me he can kick his legs to move x

  3. 17th September 2014 / 12:48 pm

    Ohh it sounds like progress….I hope it continues!

  4. 17th September 2014 / 1:11 pm

    Hello there, what a lovely post and how fantastic that he is starting to take note. They sound like brilliant sessions, hopefully it will go well again for you next time! Love your blog and hope all is well with you and yours xxx

    • 1st October 2014 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you, I really hope this is the turning point for him here x

  5. 17th September 2014 / 5:43 pm

    Sounds like he did really well and it’s amazing what they learn without us knowing them are learning sometimes! Hopefully it will be the start of some slightly easier sessions rather than just a one off – but even if not, it must be fab to see some development! xx

    • 1st October 2014 / 2:15 pm

      He really does take so much in that we don’t know. If ever he is vocal I’m sure he will surprise us even more! x

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