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Research Article  |   October 1988
Planning Playgrounds for Children With Disabilities
Author Affiliations
  • Janet Stout, MS, OTR, is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana 46223
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   October 1988
Planning Playgrounds for Children With Disabilities
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1988, Vol. 42, 653-657. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.10.653
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1988, Vol. 42, 653-657. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.10.653
Abstract

Occupational therapists are well qualified for involvement in playground planning. They know how to eliminate architectural barriers, adapt equipment to maximize independence and functional levels, and use play in facilitating children’s development. By participating in playground planning or adaption, the occupational therapist can present play opportunities for children with disabilities, increase public awareness of occupational therapy, and extend the use of treatment modalities. This paper makes specific suggestions for planning and building to make the idea for a playground a realistic goal. A case example illustrates the planning of a playground in a hospital setting.