Archive for Inclusive Play Design Guide

Service dog Kwincy – my daughter’s best friend

I’m a mom of three children and my oldest daughter, Leah, has spina bifida. Five years ago, right around Thanksgiving, we got a service dog for Leah. Every day I’m thankful to …

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Here comes the sun

Every parent knows the importance of protecting their children from sunburn and other long-term health problems caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Many parents take the necessary preventive step of applying sunscreen on …

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The coolest thing

A lot of work goes into getting a community playground built.  There is money to raise, land to prepare, a design to create, and equipment to install before children get to play.  …

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Social play for children with autism

Can a playground be designed to increase the ability of children with autism to play with others?  Researchers say yes. 

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) rarely interact with others in free …

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Sensory play

Great playgrounds include sensory play activities in addition to physical play.  For a young ripple-bridge child their sensory system is developing along with their physical development.

According to EduGuide, a nonprofit whose mission …

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Benefits of physical play

Physical play constitutes activities where a child swings, runs, spins, jumps, and climbs.  Most people know this type of play is important for children because it makes them physically fit and keeps …

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Value of contiguous play

350-1210_REN_APlaygrounds are often designed with equipment that is arranged by level of difficulty.  This means the most challenging climbers are together and on the other side of the playground are easier climbers.  …

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Levels of challenge on the playground

One of the purposes of a balance-traxplayground is to challenge children to try new things and push themselves physically and emotionally. Playgrounds also provide a place where children socialize and learn to …

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