Play toolkits launched for parents and settings of children with complex needs
Monday, 7 November 2016
A national disability charity has created toolkits to help make play opportunities inclusive and accessible for all children, including those with sensory impairments and complex needs.
Sense released the play toolkits following the charity’s inquiry into play earlier in the year, which revealed that one in two disabled children have been turned away from play settings and activities, and that nine out of ten parents of disabled children claimed their child didn’t have the same opportunities to access play, compared to non-disabled children.
The toolkits, which contain an instructional guide and video mini-series, aim to:
Help make play settings accessible for children with complex needs, and
Increase parents’ confidence playing with their children.
Steve Rose, Head of Children’s Specialist Services at Sense, said:
“Play is a vital tool for disabled children, which helps them develop physically, socially and emotionally. The Play report published earlier in the year revealed that 95 per cent of parents of children with complex needs required support finding ways to play with their children. To help tackle this problem, we’ve produced these fun toolkits, which are packed with tips for developmental games and activities that the whole family can enjoy together.”
The toolkits have been designed by the charity’s Children’s Specialist team, in partnership with families they support. The guides contain simple ideas and practical tips on how to tailor play activities so that they can be enjoyed by the entire family. There is also information on the importance of play, and useful details on the legal responsibilities of play settings. Sense has also created a series of instructional videos.
Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives.