The Miracle of Play™
At Miracle® Recreation, we believe that every kid deserves to play, feel exhilarated and experience new environments. That’s why we offer a variety of products that provide accessibility and sensory benefits to create truly inclusive play spaces that are exciting, challenging and help kids of all ages and abilities enjoy playing together. We call these play spaces PLAYGROUNDS FOR ALL™.
What is an Inclusive Playground for All™?
A Playground for All goes beyond basic wheelchair accessibility needs and give kids a space to have fun and enjoy themselves through an inviting playground experience. Key fundamentals of a Playground for All is to encourage children of all ages and abilities to play, to be challenged, and to have fun together. Our inclusive Playgrounds for All program supports the FIVE Fundamentals below.
The senses give kids information about the world around them and where their bodies are in space. All kids learn at their own pace, and sensory experiences help all kids explore their world and develop motor skills, physical strength and cognitive functioning.
Playgrounds should provide a space where kids of all ages and abilities can come together and have fun. We help reach different populations through our inclusive play designs by:
- Providing a graduated range of challenge
- Grouping similar equipment together
- Offering equipment for multiple age groups
- Providing real choices of play for each child
With the right equipment selections, we make sure all kids can access our equipment. Kids with wheelchairs, crutches or differing ranges of motion can play on our equipment thanks to our intentional designs.
- Protective, shock-absorbing unitary surfacing
- Wide movement routes
- Smooth, even transitions on and off equipment
Kids on the autism spectrum or those with sensory integration disorders need playground elements that stimulate their senses without overwhelming them. Our inclusive playscapes accomplish this by offering cozy, quiet spaces, establishing perimeter paths and fences and providing a wayfinding system that includes an orientation path.
Kids in each stage of development play in different ways. Some want to interact and play games with their friends, while others want a space to play by themselves or with some social proximity to peers. Our equipment supports kids in each of the six stages of play, including: Solitary play, Onlooker play, Parallel play, Associative play and Cooperative play.
Creating Inclusive Playgrounds Together
Miracle Recreation offers a variety of innovative accessible playground equipment, which helps children of all abilities enjoy being children. Our adaptive playground equipment lets you stay compliant with ADA requirements while still offering engaging and fun play for all children. While there is no such thing as ADA playground equipment, Miracle Recreation works with you to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) through equipment selection and layout of equipment.
Inclusive playground design goes beyond wheelchair-accessible playground equipment only; truly inclusive playground equipment includes systems and components that allow all children to play together in a rich and engaging way. In an inclusive play space, children of different abilities can play together, ensuring no one is left out.
Check Out Our Inclusive Play Space Product Videos
See our lines of inclusive equipment for accessibility and sensory stimulation in action with these videos.
Sensory Outdoor Play Equipment
One way to include all kids in a playground is through our sensory playground equipment. Sensory play equipment incorporates the unique sensory processing needs of kids on the autism spectrum or with specific sensory needs, offering them the opportunity to play independently alongside others without getting overwhelmed by the noise and stimulation of a playground.
Kids on the autism spectrum find it challenging to socialize and play with others. On Playgrounds for All, we consider these needs when we lay out our sensory play equipment. Some of our sensory play equipment provides exciting sensory experiences for kids who need a lot of vestibular and proprioceptive input. Other equipment supports the kids with sensory processing disorders who might need a calming environment. A product such as our Sensory Maze is great for this type of sensory play as it allows kids to explore light and texture in a soothing and non-overwhelming environment.
Designing Inclusive Playgrounds for All
Help develop the abilities and captivate the imagination of every kid by adding a Playground for All to your play environment. For more information about our inclusive play products and to start designing your own Playground for All, contact your local Miracle Recreation representative today.Find Your Representative