Continuing Education

Playworld is proud to offer engaging, informative sessions that provide a deeper understanding of various aspects of play, design and sustainability while offering the credits you need. All of the courses are free, and we come to you to deliver the course(s) you need for a personalized, interactive session (with at least one course taking place at our manufacturing facility). Contact us for help addressing your current challenges. Courses are valid in the U.S. only, and are not eligible for state-specific credit.

Today's Playground: Designing for Maximum Play Value

During this course you will develop a deep understanding of the value of play and how to evaluate a play space or design a new space for maximum benefits from play. The course will explain the benefits of play and exemplify the basic needs that children have for play for biological, social, emotional and cognitive benefits and growth. There will be interactive discussion on what defines play experiences and what challenges exist to creating play spaces that meet the needs of children in today’s world.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Understand and acknowledge the definition and importance of play value, play and fun
  2. Identify the child development benefits of the various types of play found in a play rich environment
  3. Recognize the play value of play equipment pieces
  4. Utilize knowledge to increase play value (and children’s basic needs benefits) when designing new playgrounds and evaluating existing playground equipment

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA .1 CEU Equivalent (good towards maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO)

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Making Parks Relevant

Communities change continuously. If their parks and outdoor spaces do not change in parallel, societal needs and what is offered for outdoor recreation will be mismatched. We will review trends that affect outdoor spaces, Park & Recreation funding trends, and examples of low cost ways to change the perceived value of outdoor recreation to the community.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Identify the major trends that change communities and the perceived value of outdoor spaces.
  2. Be able to discuss ways to connect an outdoor space to a community’s needs.
  3. Use positioning theory to change how your organization and project is perceived.

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA .1 CEU Equivalent (good towards maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).

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Inclusive Playground Training

This inclusive playground training program is unique in the world of outdoor recreation. It is a research-based, in-depth program that offers a real-world grounding in principles based in child development and inclusive best practices. Training includes six self-guided modules and final certification test.

NOTE: This training program is currently advertised in our continuing education courses approved by AIA/ASLA. This is not a continuing education course but rather an Inclusive Training Program

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Inclusive Play: Designing Outdoor Environments for Everyone

Every child who comes to the playground should be able to play on developmentally and age appropriate equipment. This presentation provides an overview of inclusive playground design, the importance of the planning process, and how the design process needs to focus on the child before any playground equipment is selected.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Discuss the terms “accessible” and “inclusive” as they relate to playground design
  2. Discuss the tradeoffs and consequences of playground design decisions and the impact individual decisions make on the entire playground experience
  3. Discuss why layout is the biggest single factor between only typically-developing children playing and everyone playing
  4. Identify how playground design can move beyond basic compliance to create outdoor play environments for everyone

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA .1 CEU Equivalent (good towards maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).

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Presenters

Missy Benson

Missy has a landscape architecture degree from Virginia Tech and a horticulture certificate from Norfolk Botanical Gardens. She has worked with landscape architecture firms in both Massachusetts and Virginia focusing on play and recreation design, master plans and surveys for municipalities and historical sites. As a Play & Design Specialist for Playworld, Missy conducts educational presentations about the importance of free, accessible and sensory-rich play.