Autism is characterized by marked difficulties in behavior, social interaction, communication, and sensory sensitivities. Some of these characteristics are common among people on the spectrum; others are typical of the disability, but not necessarily exhibited by all people with autism. Every person is different and has different needs.
That being said, here are 5 pieces of equipment that we would recommend including in a playground to provide play opportunities for children with autism:
- Cozy Cocoon—Many children with autism need a place to away from the action. Try to put the Cozy Cocoon as far away from the busiest parts of the playground as possible.
- Accessible Swing Seat—Lots of children with autism have balance issues and require the support of this swing.
- Concerto—A fun, interactive way to engage the auditory sensory system.
- Climbing Square or PlayCubes—Something to can climb on.
- Unity Dome—Multiple range of challenge for proprioceptive input.
There is controversy in the autism community about celebrating Autism Awareness Month. Read an article that provides another view on Autism Awareness Month, then visit the Autism Society for ways to learn more about how to celebrate it.
Let’s use this as a good reminder to create playgrounds where all children in our community can play, all year long!