Creating an Inclusive Playground

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A inclusive playground  is a valuable place for children of all ages and abilities to play together. It can help them gain understanding of others and learn empathy that will benefit them throughout their lives. However, not all playgrounds are created equal. Those that are not inclusive can make some kids feel like outsiders or even feel unsafe due to their physical limitations.

Creating an inclusive playground is a way for communities to show their true commitment to diversity and inclusion. Providing an accessible playground is important to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but going beyond access and making the space truly inclusive takes a higher level of thoughtfulness.

Exploring the Benefits of Sensory Play Areas for Kids: From Fun to Learning

To achieve this, it is necessary to understand the unique sensory needs of children with disabilities. For instance, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders can be easily overstimulated. Therefore, they need to be able to play with their peers in an environment that is low-intensity and calming.

Also, those who use wheelchairs need to be able to move around the playground without feeling trapped or confined. This can be achieved by providing a variety of pathways for safe and easy navigation.

Finally, sensory-seeking and sensory avoiders both need to be able to find something they are interested in at the playground. This can be done by providing a range of play equipment that is both stimulating and relaxing. For example, spinning equipment can engage multiple parts of the brain simultaneously and increase balance, muscle coordination and gross motor skills. While the proprioceptive system can be engaged by swinging, climbing and sliding.