This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Boys Climbing in Inclusive Playground

Why Inclusive Play Is Important

I remember the painful thoughts that ran through my mind when Aidan was diagnosed with Autism, and then again when Lilly’s diagnosis and weak muscle strength began.  Would they be able to make friends and participate in play?  Would they be able to ride a bike?  Would they be able to play with other kids?  These are questions I never imagined thinking about with my oldest son, but they are the never-ending thoughts a parent of children with disabilities has.  When Anthony was a preschooler, I didn’t think twice about spending an afternoon at the playground or think twice about the play equipment, however, when the twins were that age I suddenly needed to think about play structures in an entirely new way.  Which is what makes Landscape Structures Inclusive playgrounds so special to my heart.

Girl at Inclusive Playground

Landscape Structures Inclusive Playgrounds

Kids learn so many life skills on the playground and the foundation of those skills begins at an early age so it is extremely important for children of all abilities to participate in an inclusive play space. Inclusive Play is not just focusing on accessibility,  it brings age, developmental appropriateness, and sensory-stimulating activity into the equation which results in social equity and increasingly diverse social communities.

Lilly’s muscle tone has improved after years of hard work and physical therapy and Aidan’s Autism is high functioning, however I truly believe that the social skills they have now has a lot to do with the inclusive play that they had available throughout the years and now we continue to spend out playground time at Inclusive Playgrounds because I want them to always understand that everyone is made different and beautiful and deserves to be included.

Boy at Inclusive Play Space

3 Important Life Lessons Children Learn on the Playground 

Kids learn how to make friendships by working together and helping one another.

The first place my children made friends, outside of the family, was on the playground. There is something heartwarming about a child being able to run onto the playground and within the blink of an eye, they are jumping around with a group of kids. They help each other and encourage each other to cross the monkey bars or face their fears and go down the high slide. Children learn that working together will make the see-saw work and build sandbox villages faster. They learn that climbing as high as you can is a lot more fun with someone to enjoy the view with.

Kids learn to use their imaginations and collaborate with each other.

The play structure becomes a pirate ship and the slide is a plank into the alligator waters. The climbing dome is a princess castle that is protected by magic. They learn to use their imaginations together and create some amazing play time as each child adds a different aspect to the story.

Kids learn to be leaders and make decisions while celebrating each other.

As they play children learn to make decisions for themselves, which leads them to become leaders and builds their confidence. From deciding who is going to be the captain of the ship to figuring out who is going down the slides together, decisions are made and leaders are built.

Children at inclusive playground

Children learn so much on the playground!  Landscape Structures believes that through inclusive play, kids learn life lessons such as leadership, persistence, support, and empathy.  Which I also believe wholeheartedly making Inclusive Playgrounds so important.

Playground for inclusive play

Find an Inclusive Playground Near You

October is Sensory Awareness Month!  So why not head to a great Inclusive Playground today?  One of our favorite Landscape Structures Inclusive playgrounds is Sims Park in New Port Richey when we are close to home.  We also love to stop at Common Ground Park in Lakeland as a car break on our drives over to Orlando.  Want to find an Inclusive Playground close to you?  Visit the Landscape Structures site and search for the playground that fits your needs!

Inclusive Playground Structure

7 Comments on Why Inclusive Play is Important – Landscape Structures Inclusive Playgrounds

  1. Brandy
    October 30, 2018 at 8:57 pm (2 weeks ago)

    That’s really neat, I hadn’t heard of inclusive play before. What a fun playground and glad that it is so near and dear to your heart. My middle was diagnosed high functioning autistic at age 8, he’s now 12 with more friends than his older sister and younger brother combined. He still has fine motor skill issues though.

  2. Melissa
    October 30, 2018 at 10:43 pm (2 weeks ago)

    This is a great post! How encouraging for other moms! My children have learned much through playground play with others as well.

  3. MAYSZ
    October 31, 2018 at 8:43 am (2 weeks ago)

    It’s so important to have a Inclusive Playground for special kids so they can spend time to play and enjoy outdoor activities.

  4. Geraline Batarra
    October 31, 2018 at 3:08 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Inclusive play is such a nice way to teach our kids on how to interact to other kids and I agree that it also help them to be more imaginative and to be leader with coordination to others.

  5. Rachel
    October 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I’ve not heard of an Inclusive Playground before, but I couldn’t agree more that playing is an important part of children learning how to work with others and such.

  6. Dalene Ekirapa
    November 1, 2018 at 11:58 am (2 weeks ago)

    Inclusive playgrounds are just the bets for kids since t makes them build their friendships better and they also learn to support each other during play. Good enough, you are actually spending much time outdoors with the kids.

  7. Elizabeth O
    November 8, 2018 at 3:50 pm (1 week ago)

    This is great to encourage parents bring their kids in Inclusive Playgrounds so their child will able to interact with other kids and know how to spend time in this kind of activity.

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