- By Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A sensory-therapy program that will be the first of its kind in Florida has set a start date.
Therapy Jump launches Jan. 11 at Joey’s Outback Adventures in Wellington. The program uses bounce houses to provide occupational therapy to children ages 2 to 12 who have special needs.
Occupational therapist Miriam Skydell has been in practice in New Jersey for three decades and launched Sensory Bounce there about four and a half years ago. She told The Palm Beach Post in November that she was inspired by the interactions she saw while visiting an indoor bounce house business.
“I thought, it’s like a sensory clinic on speed,” she said. “But these children can’t handle all the stimulation in a regular bounce house program.”
During a Therapy Jump session, children work with occupational therapists on everything from low muscle tone to sensory processing challenges, and ADHD and autism.
The program is $325 a month. Those with out-of-network insurance are provided a receipt at the end of each month and with insurance reimbursement, typically about 80 percent of the cost, it works out to $12 per class, a Sensory Bounce spokesman said. “If they don’t have out-of-network insurance and they need assistance we will always work with parents so we can help benefit their children,” he added.
For more information, go to www.kidtherapycenter.com or call 201-794-7700.