Inclusive Playgrounds - Parkcraft

Inclusive Playground

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An inclusive playground is a place where all children, regardless of their abilities or differences, can come together to play, learn, and have fun. It’s a message that promotes inclusivity, diversity, and the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of play and recreation without any barriers or discrimination.

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power of inclusivity

At our playground, every child is welcome, and every smile is celebrated. We believe in the power of inclusivity, where kids of all abilities can play, learn, and grow together. Come join us, and let’s create a world of laughter, friendship, and endless possibilities for every child.

The majority of all children with disabilities are of school age. An estimated 4% of children in this age group in Canada have disabilities. This means that 154, 720 children aged 5 to 14 have disabilities.

Of these children, 32.1% have mild disabilities; 25.2%, moderate disabilities; and 25.5%, severe disabilities. The remaining 17.2% have very severe disabilities. Among school-age children with disabilities, 71.8% have more than one type of disability.

Types of disability for children aged 5 to 14 with disabilities in Canada in 2001

  • 65%chronicLimited in the amount or kind of activities that one can do due to the presence of one or more chronic health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last six months or more and that have been diagnosed by a health professional.
  • 65%learningDifficulty learning due to the presence of a condition, such as attention problems, hyperactivity or dyslexia, whether or not the condition was diagnosed by a teacher, doctor or other health professional
  • 43%speechDifficulty speaking and/or being understood
  • 32%psychologicalLimited in the amount or kind of activities that one can do due to the presence of an emotional, psychological or behavioural condition.
  • 30%developmental Cognitive limitations due to the presence of a developmental disability or disorder, such as Down syndrome, autism or mental impairment caused by a lack of oxygen at birth
  • 20%dexterityDifficulty using hands or fingers to grasp or hold small objects, such as a pencil or scissors
  • 14%mobilityDifficulty walking. This means walking on a flat firm surface, such as a sidewalk or floor.
  • 13%hearingDifficulty hearing
  • 9%seeingDifficulty seeing
  • 3%unknownThe type of disability is unknown if the respondent answered YES to the general questions on activity limitations, but did not provide any YES to the questions about type of disability that followed

Our Systems offers a wide assortment of inclusive play activities. With the help of our playground consultants and design team, your project can address the diverse developmental needs of children within your community, providing opportunities for physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive, and communicative development.

Access

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Products such as ramps, transfer stations, and handles assist children in accessing play events and transferring from mobility devices without creating obstacles or user conflicts.

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Swinging

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The adaptive Swing seat features molded seats, high back, adjustable harness, and a neutral body position. Our Disc Swing allows multiple users and/or caregivers to have fun and develop whole body awareness.

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Motion Activities

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Our Inclusive Merry-Go-Round offers dynamic physical and social engagement while featuring 12 seats and many ways to spin. Our Trans-Glide offers rocking social play and accommodates mobility devices.

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SENSORY ACTIVITIES

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The sensory-rich experiences available with our Sensory Play Ramps & Walls, Sand and Water Tables or our Panel Pals allow children to have multisensory experiences through tactile, auditory, visual, and movement while also experimenting with cause and effect.

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COZY SPOTS

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Offering quiet or semi-enclosed places such as seats under decks, or within crawl tubes or our SpinMAX Pod provides areas where children can seek sensory relief and retreat until they’re ready to engage in play.

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Designing an Inclusive Playground

  • 1. Entry Points

    Entrance to the playground is wide and free of obstacles. Pathways are firm and flat.

  • 2. Fencing

    Consider enclosing the playground area to prevent children from straying or “bolting”.

  • 3. Surfacing and Paths

    3.1 A flat uniform surface made of moderately firm and stable material such as Pour in Place Rubber or Engineered Wood Fiber.

    3.2 Ramps that provide access to and between elevated play components.

    3.3 Transfer stations for access to elevated decks

  • 4. Features to Promote Inclusive Play

    4.1 Choose play equipment accessible to all children and provide a variety of play equipment to provide appropriate challenges for children of all ages and abilities.

    4.2 Spread out sensory components throughout the play area to reduce overstimulation.

    4.3 Provide quiet niches for kids to escape over stimulation or to passively observe their peers. Consider under deck seating.

    4.4 Include components for parallel play for those who prefer to play alone but close to others engaging in similar types of play.

    4.5 Play components to stimulate creative and imaginative play.

    4.6 Play component that will provide vestibular stimulation. Rocking, spinning, swinging, sliding.

    4.7 Bright, contrasting kick plates to bring attention to elevation changes on decks or stairs.

    4.8 Include equipment for balancing.

  • 5. Shade

    Shaded spaces to help with temperature regulation. This can be on the playground, under the play structure or in the park area.

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Inclusive Play

Tactile

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Inclusive playground equipment often incorporates various textures and surfaces to engage the sense of touch. This can include soft, rubberized surfaces for safety, as well as tactile panels, textured grips on handrails, and sensory walls with different textures for children to explore through touch.

Visual

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Inclusive playgrounds are designed with vibrant colors, high-contrast elements, and visually stimulating features. Visual cues are essential for navigation and exploration, ensuring that children with visual impairments or other sensory challenges can interact with the environment effectively.

Auditory

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Some inclusive playgrounds may include musical elements like chimes, xylophones, or interactive sound panels. These features encourage children to explore and interact with the environment through sound, promoting auditory sensory engagement and creativity.

Proprioception

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Inclusive playgrounds often incorporate elements that challenge balance and body awareness. This can include balance beams, rocking structures, and various types of swings. These features help children develop a better understanding of their body’s position and movement within the play space.

Motor Planning

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Inclusive playground equipment is designed to accommodate various levels of mobility. It includes ramps, accessible pathways, and wide play spaces to ensure that children with mobility challenges can move freely and independently. This promotes motor planning and the development of gross and fine motor skills.

Social/Imaginative

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Inclusive playgrounds encourage social interaction and imaginative play. They often feature inclusive play structures like themed playhouses, sand and water play areas, and seating arrangements that allow children to gather, play together, and engage in creative and imaginative scenarios.