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Playgrounds

Power Play: Playgrounds enhance movement, socialization and access to nature.


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Overview

Children attain optimal behavior, development, and literacy through play, yet many daycares/preschools, schools and communities have either degraded playgrounds to infantile states, or done away with playgrounds all together. The dilapidated state of today’s playgrounds has deprived many children of critical factors they need to achieve optimal growth and academic success. The socialization aspects of play offer rich opportunity to learn and experience difference ways of human relationship. The movement aspects of play ensure cardiovascular fitness, which prevents future obesity, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Movement also stimulates the vestibular system in the brain, building strong core and motor coordination, as well as activates the proprioceptive system in the muscles and joints, resulting in refined movement patterns and energy release and self-regulation. Research shows that core stability and motor coordination are primary determinants for achieving printing and reading literacy. The nature aspects of outdoor play, act as an “attention restorative” agent, improving ability to pay attention and learn in classroom and home environments. Nature is also sensory soothing and calming, improving anxiety, depression and self-regulation. Consequently, playgrounds enhance socialization, movement, and access to nature, and are the epicenter for achieving child behavior, development, and learning.

Goal

Power Play provides research showing the positive impact of playgrounds on improved child behavior, development, literacy and learning, and provides daycares/preschools, schools and communities tools and techniques to guide them toward creating awesome play spaces.

Learning Outcomes

Handouts

Planning Playgrounds for Growth and Academic Success
Developmentally Appropriate Playground Designs

Who should attend?

Parents, teachers, administrators, special education staff, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, counsellors, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and child care providers. Foundation Series Workshops are designed to be introductory level for therapists, intermediate for teachers and advanced for parents, child care workers and teaching assistants.

How to register

Register for scheduled Foundation Series Workshops:

Sponsor a workshop

Sponsor a workshop in your own community and receive a free Zone’in, Move’in or Unplug’in program for school or home use. Contact Cris for the details!

Evidence based – Research referenced – Strategy focused


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