A Mysterious Austin Product from Tumbl Trak

Most of Tumbl Trak products proceed from founder Doug Davis’ vision. Way back in 1988, he started his company to create innovative mats, bars, beams, and other training ads for gymnastics, cheerleading, and the martial arts. Several products, however, bear consideration for parents of children with ASD. Doug builds his products to a high standard. With price points to match. Here’s one.


Oh Boudex, how shall we describe thee?

Well, you’re a 51”x51”x34” frame wrapped in several layers of Lycra. You were developed by Eileen Richter, a woman with twelve capital letters after her name. She knows her stuff, and so she built the Boundex “to engage children and foster their innate drive to develop and use their bodies as nature intended.” You’re lightweight and mobile. You offer some fine sensory motor activity for babies and young children.

You come with a two-year warranty on materials and workmanship.

The Hughes Brothers are still a bit confused. (Nothing new right there.)

Try as we might, the brothers cannot quite grasp the way this little deal works. So, we’re going to give you the party line here. The manufacturer claims, “The overall impact of the Boundex lies in the exceptional sensory motor experience it offers a child. In simple terms, the following support-to-development is observed as the child moves on the apparatus.”

We’ll do our best to explain this “support-to-development process.

·Somehow, the device “triggers” a kid’s natural impulse to explore. We get that thought, but the Moundex’s creators believe that it will also encourage our little guy to “challenge gravity using the total body.” Okay.

The Boundex will “elongate, activate, and strengthen core muscles of the body.” Good. Good, good.
The Boundex will develop the strength and stability of the shoulders, arms and hands through grasp, weight bearing, and weight shifting. Seems as if the Boundex is making play out of a nice little workout for the kiddo.

The device promotes three-dimensional movement of the child’s hands through expansion and gradation. We guess this means the child is crawling, is using her hands to hold on, to pull herself along.

The Boundex will develop strength and stability of the pelvis, knees and feet “through weight bearing, expansion, weight shift, and gradation, which leads to thee-dimensional, refined movement.” The play process is becoming a bit clearer now. We think your child is bouncing a bit, maintaining his balance on an uneven surface, its movement resulting from the child’s.

The device facilitates stability with mobility throughout the body (no fixing/holding or compensatory patterns)” Well, so much for clarity. Our translation of the proceeding description: the child is reacting to the movement of the device occasioned by her movement just now, and she must find her balance again as she proceeds to play.
The Bondex brings along “vestibular, somatosensory integration promoted with each action for improving balance and coordination.” Friends, we’re not even going to try on this pup. It’s time to admit that we’re not really reviewing this product so much as attempting to serve as translators of the manufacturer’s vernacular. Bear with us. We can do better, although perhaps not in this article alone. Stay tuned.

The Bondex “increases depth and variability of respiration and encourages vocalization.” We’re feeling confident here. Very confident. The Bondex is fun. It’s enjoyable. And so your little one is playing there, breathing a bit hard from his exertion and, darn if he’s not enjoying himself so much that the man laughs and shouts and squeals happy kid noises.

The child’s movement “actively facilitates integration of primitive reflexes allowing the emergence of three-dimensional motor patterns.” The Hughes Brothers know when we’re toasted. Only going to guess that the Boundex promotes more coordinated, stronger, more intuitive movement in the child.
The child’s movements develop “controlled gradation of multiple muscle synergies, i.e. top/bottom, left/right, front/back, diagonal/rotational.” All of life’s major movements right here. We guess.

The Hughes Brothers apologize for the weakness of this review. We’re not giving up, however, and we’ll be back with another attempt at explanation of a fairly expensive playtool ($383). Please go to www.tumbltrak.com/product/3:17:x:12a/boundex-special-needs.html. Look there at the smaller shots below the hero photo. If ever a picture was worth a thousand words (two thousand words in the case of the HBs), it’s here with the Boundex.

At the same time, if you decide to purchase the Boundex, it’d mean the world to us if you did so just after leaving hughesbrothersreviews.com. Thanks so much.