105 - Evidence-Based Landscape Design: Sensory Play Environments Value for Children with Developmental Disorders

Tuesday, September 26
1:00 PM–2:15 PM

Location: Room 210

Days: Tuesday, 26 September
Track: Health & Wellness
Session Type: Education Session
NRPA Three Pillars: Health & Wellness

More than just play, children with developmental disorders benefit from strategically designed sensory play spaces. Allowing every child to experience the joy and thrill of sensory-motor play transforms play environments into amazing spaces where children develop their bodies, brains and self-esteem. This study evaluated the outcomes of outdoor play and therapy in a natural setting. The lessons are applicable to future sensory play areas at parks, community centers and therapeutic landscapes.

CEU Credits: 0.1

Learning Outcomes:
Overview research and outcomes of treating children with autism and developmental disorders in the context of a sensory playground/garden.
Identify elements of landscape design that facilitate emotional self-regulation and social participation for all children and contribute to a quality experience in sensory playgrounds/gardens.
Discuss research findings from this project, which go beyond playground design, and have implications for parks, community centers, early childhood and therapeutic play environments.