How to Design Playgrounds for Optimal Sensory Development

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define seven senses, including the lesser-known senses of body position (proprioception) and the sense of balance and movement (the vestibular sense).
  2. Explain the benefits of sensory play for child development.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Course Description:

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 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.

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