One of the best purchases we have ever made for our family was an indoor trampoline. Before we knew about autism and sensory needs, we knew that our boys were wiggly and active and needed an outlet for that energy. An indoor trampoline helped meet that need year ’round, and was easy to incorporate trampoline breaks into our homeschool. The second best sensory/energy outlet we have ever bought is our Gorilla Gym.
It goes by a different name now, but it’s the same product. There is a bar that installs in a regular rectangular door frame (with trim! Must have the trim) that you can attach various swings, rings, rope ladders, etc. on it. Switching the attachments is a quick and easy process, though can not be done by short kids with weak finger strength.
It is rated for 300lb, though I have been personally hesitant to swing widely on it myself. Early Bird and Builder Boy, however, have had no problem testing it’s limits, and have yet to find them. I love that they can use this no matter the weather outside. The attachable rings and swing that we have are length adjustable, but the rings adjusted as high as they can go still means my boys drag on the floor. They don’t have a lot of practice using them, and as a result they are the least used of our 3 attachments. But I have friends who also own a Gorilla Gym with kids the same size who use the rings just fine, so it may be user error on our part. The climbing ladder gets used way more frequently than I originally would have guessed, especially by Early Bird. (Pictured.)
A few things you may want to consider before investing in the equipment:
- While it is relatively simple to take down and then put back up, it can be annoying. The best thing to do is to install it in a door frame that you are okay with leaving the door open all the time. Because you can NOT close the door while the bar is on the frame. Ours is in our upstairs laundry “room” door and it works for us because as you can see, we have enough cleared area for the swing.
- The door frame you try to install this in must have at least 2 inches from the end of the frame before a perpendicular wall or other obstacle is present on either side. It took me almost 30 minutes of attempting to adjust the nonadjustable in the first door frame I tried before I realized this truth.
- Watch the YouTube videos because the written instructions suck. (Unless they’ve improved that in a year.) I think this is the one I used. Not to brag, but I’m pretty good at assembly instructions. I rock IKEA assembly. But these were ridiculously unhelpful.
So if you have a high energy kid, AND the right house architecture, I highly recommend this equipment.