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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Children's perceptions of playing on inclusive playgrounds : a qualitative study
Authors: Wenger, Ines
Schulze, Christina
Lundström, Ulrica
Prellwitz, Maria
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2020.1810768
Published in: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume(Issue): 28
Issue: 2
Pages: 136
Pages to: 146
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1103-8128
Language: English
Subjects: Inclusive playgrounds; Accessibility; Children with disabilities; Enablement
Subject (DDC): 302: Social interaction
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Background: Inclusive playgrounds aim to enable all children to participate and be socially included on playgrounds through the way they are designed. However, knowledge is lacking about how children with and without disabilities perceive playing on inclusive playgrounds and whether these playgrounds lead to more social inclusion. Aims/Objectives: The study explores the experiences of children, with and without disabilities, of playing on inclusive playgrounds. Material and methods: Semi-structured interviews and observations were conducted on six inclusive playgrounds in Switzerland. Overall, 32 children aged 7–12 years participated; 14 children had a disability while 18 children did not. A qualitative content analysis was used for data analysis. Results: The children’s experiences of playing on an inclusive playground resulted in the creation of three categories describing: how children with and without disabilities experience play activities on inclusive playgrounds; invisible barriers on inclusive playgrounds; and the fact that children with disabilities have recommendations for the design of inclusive playgrounds. Conclusions and significance: The results showed that achieving inclusion on a playground is complex and must be considered as a transaction among different environments. For occupational therapists, this could mean that, to support play as an activity on inclusive playgrounds, intervention is necessary at the community and political levels.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Spielplatz: Ort der Begegnung für alle?
P4PLAY – Zusammenspiel von Universal Design und Naturelemente auf öffentlichen Spielplätzen
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