Play gives you self-confidence and new skills
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn
Disabilities and visual impairment
Talk of disabilities and visual impairment often falls into the trap of stereotyping. Only 10–15% of visually impaired people are actually blind and only 10–15% of disabled people sit in a wheelchair.
Play offers clear benefits for disabled and visually impaired children:
- they feel encouraged to push their limits
- they get to experience a sense of achievement and
- they learn social and physical skills
Autism and Asperger’s syndrome
Together with the Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences, Lappset Group conducted a study involving 15 children who had been diagnosed as having either autism or Asperger’s syndrome (AS). The goal of the study was to explore the children’s emotions (self-confidence, sense of achievement), social skills (teamwork, interaction) and behaviour. The study took place in one of Lappset’s specially equipped playgrounds. Structured play was observed to improve teamwork and interactive skills in particular. Motor skills were also perceived to develop.
Learning difficulties are often linked to motor clumsiness. A playground gives children an opportunity to play together with others while also offering choice in which each child will find suitable challenges and a sense of achievement.
Did you know that…
Lappset’s products are accompanied by both motor skills symbols and DFA pictograms. The motor skills symbols indicate which motor skill the equipment helps to develop above all. The acronym DFA comes from the words “design for all”. Lappset’s goal is to make playgrounds accessible for everyone.