Choosing Fun Activities
Select different types of play components that can provide a wide variety of comparable experiences. Remember, some children walk using assistive mobility devices such as crutches, walkers or canes, and others use wheelchairs. Some children who use wheelchairs can also walk, crawl or scoot along when out of their chairs, whereas others need assistance while out of their chairs. Some children who use walkers, crutches or canes choose not to abandon their assistive mobility devices to crawl or scoot along a play structure where other children are walking; some children who use wheelchairs choose not to get out of their chairs to crawl, drag or scoot along where others walk or climb.
Sometimes, children do not have the strength or skills to move around unassisted; the experience they are trying to achieve is not worth the effort required to move around without assistance, or it may not be to crawl while others walk or run.
Subsequently, choose activities that can be experienced while using a wheelchair or assistive mobility device. Choose activities that are physical and social, that can be played alone or with other children. Choose opportunities to rock, spin, play interactive games, swing, slide, make sounds and music, balance, climb, dig, crawl, scoot, bounce, etc.
Here are questions on types of experiences to explore:
- Can it be accessed in different ways, such as from the side or end?
- Does accessible surfacing allow for easy entry and exit?
- Is there a route connected to the other accessible play components?