Playtime is a time to learn and explore the world. Children get to find out new things about their surroundings and themselves. This activity allows for them to gain so many life skills and make leaps in development when they play. This is why it is especially important for children with disabilities to be able to play too! Children with disabilities still need play just as much as the next child. Their method of play may be different but they are still learning all the same. These children can have disabilities that are intellectual, physical or emotional. It is up to us as parents to help these children engage in play. By incorporating inclusive playground equipment into the play environment we improve the lives of disabled children.There are children that may not have as severe disabilities and may not need assistance in playing. There are also some that would like to have no assistance and would like to play on their own. The children that need some guidance will need an adults to help and play with them. This will allow you to be knowledgeable of the challenges that your child may face during playtime. You must help facilitate play for your child and help them adapt to the environment. Sometimes all it takes is for you to help them a little for them to branch off and play without help. Make sure you are allowing your child to make decisions. You do not want to hinder them by doing everything for them. The good news is that ADA Accessible Playground Equipment is already designed to help keep them safe on the playground.

Environments for play must be accessible for children with disabilities to play. The Americans with Disabilities Act helps solve some of these hurdles. Under Title III, new construction and existing facilities are required to make public places compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. This has allowed all people with disabilities physical access to facilities. It also has made it easier for children with disabilities to play. Playgrounds also need to be ADA compliant so that every child has the opportunity to play. You as a parent should also know the appropriate play equipment for your child as well. Take a second to research and analyze your local playground. See if there are pieces of equipment that your child will be able to use easily. This will help playtime go much smoother.

Studies have shown that children with disabilities who utilize inclusive playground systems make more strides in development than those who do not engage in play activities. This is why we should encourage our children to play more. Play teaches children to problem solve, socialize, role play, use motor skills and to ultimately become more mindful. By encouraging play for your child, they will evolve and be able to overcome barriers the more they play.