Inclusion Matters: Creating Conditions of Possibility in Outdoor Play Environments
Park and recreation professionals have championed outdoor inclusive play destinations for years; however, there has been a lack of valid research to help make a data-driven case. Do these outdoor environments really change the possibility of enhanced play experiences? Can the environmental design impact play behaviors between children of all abilities? Are their play behaviors similar or different? Discover evidence-based design best practices to create inclusive play destinations that support increased congruent play behaviors between children with and without disabilities to break down both physical and social barriers to participate in more meaningful ways! Research findings and data from observational behavior mapping within individual behavior settings offer new insight on the types, modes and complexity of play behaviors between children with and without disabilities.
- Summarize evidence-based research findings of play behaviors observed for both children with and without disabilities in outdoor inclusive play settings.
- List at least five design considerations that describe playground behavior settings and how they can support distinct behavior possibilities for children of all abilities.
- Create an advocacy statement to raise awareness and support inclusive, equitable play opportunities in your community.
Keith Christensen (he/him)
Utah State University
As a scholar in both the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University, Keith engages in meaningful scholarship which is both emancipatory and empowering for disadvantaged populations integration in community life. Keith's research is at the intersection of landscape architecture and disability studies.
Jennie Sumrell (she/her)
Community Outreach Director
Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Exceptional Learning and a Masters degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008, and works within PlayCores Center for Outreach, Research and Education as the Community Outreach Director, Jennie has presented at over 300 events on topics surrounding best practices in play and recreation and supporting advocacy efforts that meet the diverse needs of society. Deeply passionate about inclusive, multigenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as a teacher to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.
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