More Than “Accessible Items” – Integrated Play Environments!
Other companies see a child in a wheelchair and provide an elevated sandbox. Grounds For Play sees the emotional needs of the child and provides an integrated sand experience using the Corner Chair. While the elevated sandbox provides access to sand, the child needs access to play with his peers in an integrated setting!
Our Corner Chair is one small innovation that points out a BIG difference in our approach. This chair allows children with special needs to be fully included in the sensory experience of the sandbox, not relegated to the fringes or to using only the “adaptive equipment.”
How to Create an Inclusive Playground
For a playground to be inclusive, all children must be able to interact with any play element regardless of physical ability. Here are three important elements to creating an inclusive play environment:
- Use appropriate surfacing. A key to creating an accessible play area is the coordination of the various surfaces on the playground. Transitions from pathways to grass, from ramps to pathways, and from resilient surfaces to pathways must be planned to create access for children of all abilities.
- Incorporate accessible play elements. Your Design Consultant can help you incorporate play components that all children can easily access on either ground or deck level.
- Support and foster growth and development. An inclusive play environment should include a variety of products that provide children with opportunities to develop social, sensory, cognitive, and physical skills.
Featured Accessible Playground Projects
Inclusive Playground Products
Universal Art Easel
Accessible TREX® Picnic Table
Create an Inclusive Play Environment with Grounds For Play
Grounds For Play provides full service playground development, from design through site preparation, safety surfacing, landscaping, and paved pathways. It is this seamlessly integrated approach that makes truly integrating environments possible. Let's work together to capture the unique spirit, vision, and character of your project. Contact us to get started!