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INCLUSION

  • What does “inclusion” mean?

    Inclusion is engagement between children of all abilities on the playground. Think about it like this — the opposite of inclusion is separation. So having one area for children with disabilities and a separate area for typically developing children is the opposite of inclusive.

  • What is the difference between access and inclusion?

    Access refers to getting into and out of a space or playground. Inclusion is engagement between children once they are in the space.

  • How do I create a playground that will offer a rich play experience?

    Our product listings include Social, Physical and Sensory icons indicating the types of activity they promote. Mix and match products to create the ideal blend of each of these three developmental pillars.

  • What products would be helpful for children on the autism spectrum?

    Children on the autism spectrum might have the following challenges:
    + They might have challenges with socialization.
    + They might have trouble with balance or understanding their body orientation in space.
    + They might seek certain sensory experiences while avoiding others.

    We recommend playground layouts that encourage cooperation and socialization, and sensory equipment that offers body movement awareness, spatial orientation and balancing activities. The following icons can help you choose products that meet those requirements:

    For more info or equipment recommendations for children with autism and/or sensory processing disorder (SPD), contact a Play Guru.

  • Children of many different abilities will use the playground. How do I choose the appropriate level challenge for them?

    Everyone deserves a healthy challenge, regardless of ability. Luckily there are many ways to

    Select a product that offers a broad range of challenge within the same piece, or a group of pieces that together offer a range of challenge. (For example: choose a single swing that children can stand, sit or lie down on; or multiple swings that each offer a different challenge level.)

    Remember: if typically-developing children do not enjoy the playground, inclusion will be impossible because the children with disabilities will be the only ones using it.

    Note: when using separate pieces, keep them in the same area so children of different abilities can grow to know and accept each other.