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What Makes a Playground a Great Place for ALL Children to Play?

Submitted by: Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC

 

Play is the most important activity for a child’s development. It is through play that children learn about their world, learn to manipulate it and succeed in it. One of the many places that children play is on the local playground. Be it in a local park, area school or large community center, the playground is a major environment for free play for all children. It is important that children of all abilities have the chance to engage with each other on these playgrounds so that they can all play, learn and grow together.