After reading Brenda's post on mini-tramps I thought I'd pop over here and give a 5 star review of this sanity saving device. A mini-tramp saves the day. We've gone through 3 so far and about to start on the 4th. Usually I can find them for around $20 but the benefits are priceless.
The up and down motion is excellent for brain development (think about bouncing a baby on your knee...this is actually helping a baby's brain develop) and can help a kid, particularly a RAD kid, re-think a situation. It's great exercise that reduces stress and helps the brain work bilaterally, improves balance, circulation, coordination, removes toxins from the body, helps attention spans, moves oxygen through the body, lowers cholesterol and improves motor skills and cardiovascular strengthening.
My only advice is do NOT get one that folds in half as they have been known to snap shut. Make sure that is flat and you add the legs. They are small enough to sit in a corner. It is truly a lifesaver around here. We use it year round but if you live in a cold climate it is the perfect indoor exercise for your kids.
She does about 100 jumps every 10-15 minutes during school and then every hour she will usually do 500 or more jumps. Then she can come back and focus. She LOVES the mini-tramp. It was a requirement in her IEP when she was in a brick and mortar school and the teacher loved it and used it with all the kids to help focus and to get energy out.
So if you're looking for a last minute Christmas present, run out and grab one. It will be a present the whole family will love and the gift that keeps on giving!