Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-23734
Publication type: Conference poster
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: If I could build... : empowering the voices of children with disabilities in playground planning
Authors: Wenger, Ines
Morgenthaler, Thomas
Schulze, Christina
et. al: No
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5733919
10.21256/zhaw-23734
Conference details: 3rd Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research, Zurich, 23-24 November 2021
Issue Date: 24-Nov-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Zenodo
Language: English
Subjects: Playground; Disability; Children’s perspective
Subject (DDC): 302: Social interaction
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Background: Children with and without disabilities consider playgrounds as significant places in their life, which offer opportunities for play and social interactions. Playgrounds are especially important in times when opportunities to meet are restricted, for example, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though the primary purpose of playgrounds is to be a place for children to play, playground design is mainly determined by adults. Children`s voices regarding their use of playgrounds, and their wishes and needs to enhance participation on playgrounds are seldom addressed. In particularly perspectives of children with disabilities are often absent. The aim of this presentation is to give insight into how the perspectives of children with disabilities may contribute to playground design. Method: The presentation draws on an international project that explores children's perspectives through literature reviews and semi-structured interviews. Results: Children make important contributions to playground design. For example, children with disabilities show a unique understanding of their own situation and propose inclusive playground adjustments. Their unique perspectives on play could help playground providers to adapt playgrounds to their needs and wishes to ensure participation in play including opportunities for social interactions and challenges according to their abilities. Discussion: Children are the main user group of playgrounds. Child-focused participatory methods that include children with different abilities and a variety of needs and backgrounds should be included in processes of playground planning, evaluating, and monitoring to enhance playground design.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/23734
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: P4PLAY – Zusammenspiel von Universal Design und Naturelemente auf öffentlichen Spielplätzen
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