Continuing Education for Professionals
Miracle Recreation is delighted to offer Continuing Education to professionals who share
our goal of inspiring innovative play products for families around the world. We’re an approved CEU provider of ASLA–
Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and The American Institute of Architects (AIA).
- Define seven senses, including the lesser-known senses of body position (proprioception) and the sense of balance and movement (the vestibular sense).
- Explain the benefits of sensory play for child development.
- Identify components of a play area that is accessible, inclusive, and welcoming for children of varied abilities, and which will offer opportunities for supporting sensory and motor development, as well as facilitating positive social communication and active participation.
- Specify playground equipment that creates sensory development opportunities for all children.
Describe several case studies illustrating how the landscape architect/designer specified playground layout and equipment to serve the needs of all children.
In this course, we explore the seven human senses and the real-life impact that active sensory experiences have on children. We will examine the sensory benefits that well-designed playgrounds offer to children of varied abilities, and educate architects and designers how to create safe play spaces that amplify these benefits. Finally, this course demonstrates how a playground designed to provide positive sensory stimulation offers developmental benefits to children of all abilities, including those with autism and other sensory integration issues.
- By the time you have completed this educational unit, you will be able to:
- Describe the decline in child physical activity over the past few decades, the reasons for it, and the consequences.
- Identify a new generation of mobile game apps and connected playgrounds that drive children outdoors, increasing physical activity and engaging parents in playground activities.
- Discuss the health benefits of connected playground activity for both children and their parents.
- Define how playground owners and operators can use aggregate data on usage patterns of connected playgrounds to formulate programs, set budgets, apply for grants, and get community engagement.
- Discuss a potential case study of playgrounds that are Internet and app driven, and collecting data to help in municipal planning and fundraising for playgrounds.
Children today spend less and less time outdoors engaging in healthy physical activity, compared to just a few years ago, and more and more time indoors, sedentary, and exposed to a number of screens: cell phones, iPods, tablets, computers, and televisions. The negative health consequences of these habits are already evident, and will likely worsen over time. But while many parents might perceive screen-technology as an obstacle to improving their child’s fitness, recent studies have shown that a new generation of mobile games can actually be a very effective tool at motivating higher physical activity amongst kids while also increasing parental engagement. They use the appeal of mobile games and apps to encourage children ages 3 to 9 (dubbed “touchscreen natives”) out to the playground, along with a parent who holds the device.