Having a child with different needs can be a bit lonely. Especially when they can’t play or do things that other children can do. Take the playground for example, I used to dread going because Carsyn was too big for the baby swings but couldn’t hold on to a regular swing. So most of the time we would just skip going all together. I felt bad if I took Dustyn to the playground and Carsyn just had to hang out in his wheelchair. That is why I want to talk about the importance of inclusive playgrounds. They make kids with different needs feel included and important. Plus, it helps others learn how to treat kids that may be different then them.
Locally we got several new playgrounds by Landscape Structures. We visit all the different parks close to us as often as possible, one because they are so nice, plus all of my kids have something to do there.
One of Carsyn‘s favorite parts of the park is the wheelchair swing, especially when Kenny pushes him really high.
Carsyn loved laying down on this swing, he was squealing with delight. You can see it in the video posted down below.
He also really loves to race his brother on the the zip-line swing. Basically any type of swing he loves.
Dustyn loved riding the zip-line, and climbing all the fun structures. All the equipment from landscape structures are well made and encourage kids to use different parts of their body.
It isn’t just about accessibility. Landscape Structures address age and developmental appropriateness, plus include sensory-stimulating activities. Did you know October is Sensory Awareness Month? Dustyn has always been a sensory seeker. He loves spinning, and these seats were perfect for him. There were so many different sensory areas at the park. The other park we like to visit has a musical area which is fun.
Prestyn had fun riding the lady bug and going up and down all the play structures.
Here is a fun little video I put together of our day at the park.