Archive for Autism

Autism: Why Playgrounds Matter

How can a playground make a difference for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

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Autism is complex. Some children are non-verbal while others have no problem speaking. Children with autism have …

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April is Autism Awareness Month

It’s officially Autism Awareness Month. Current statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Rates for boys are higher than girls (1 …

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Inclusive play year in review 2014

Inclusive play continues to be an important area of focus for Playworld Systems as we work to make play accessible for everyone. Here’s a look at some memorable inclusive play moments from …

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Project Spotlight: Middletown Elementary School

Students at Maryland’s Middletown Elementary School now have a new playground to call home during recess. The play space is inclusive, meaning it is accessible for all of Middletown’s students, regardless of …

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Research Shows Strong Support Networks Decrease Chance of Bullying Among Children with Autism

In 2012 a study on bullying by the Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Kreiger Institute showed alarming results. The study, the largest look ever at autism and bullying, found that children on …

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Ten tips for choosing a playground for a child with autism

A new study confirms what many parents know well: it’s common for children with autism autism-ribbonto wander, which puts tremendous stress on families. According to the new report, which appeared in the …

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Removing the R-word from our vocabulary

spreadwordIt is time we Spread the Word to End the Word and build awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word (retard). Most people don’t think …

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Inclusive play product focus: Cozy Cocoon

Imagine you are at a loud and crowded party.  You are being pressed and jostled as people dance around you or push past to grab a drink or food.  All of your …

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