Two young men with complex needs who live at the same residential service in Selsey are still buzzing after they took a recent trip to the newly opened ‘Flip Out Chichester’.
‘Flip Out Chichester’ is West Sussex’s biggest trampoline park; boasting 70 trampolines, a dodgeball arena, wall climbing, foam pits, ninja warrior courses and lots more.
Andrew, who has limited communication skills, uses simple words or pictures to communicate with staff members, and William who is non-verbal uses widget strips, Makaton and a PECS book for communication. They both live at our Lambourne House service, which supports adults with learning disabilities, autism and other additional needs such as complex epilepsy and sensory perceptual issues.
Jo, the senior support worker, said: ‘Flip Out only recently opened and we thought William and Andrew would enjoy the activity as they like to go out and have fun to keep busy. We discussed with them the activities they would like to do for the week using pictures and on the day we used a widget strip to show them what they will be doing which helps them understand better. We booked an hour’s session and ordered ‘special’ socks beforehand. We left the house in good time and arrived early to check-in on their computer system and then we had to watch a short clip to ensure everyone used the trampolines appropriately.
‘There were lots of other adults and children using the trampolines and enjoying themselves, the music was loud but this didn’t seem to bother either Andrew or William from having fun.
‘They both went on the trampolines many times, Andrew especially enjoyed the dodgeball area as he likes to throw the ball, he didn’t understand the dodgeball rules however they were happy for him to just try and catch the ball and throw it. William enjoyed many of the activities there he especially liked where you could jump off the trampoline into a soft foam pit.
They are both still buzzing from the trip and can’t wait to go again.’