The View from the Playground: Get out and PLAY!
The research is in…now get outdoors and play!!!!
A study produced by the University of Colorado Boulder indicates that “children who spend more time in less structured activities—from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo—are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults.” Known as executive function, this skill is critical in so many ways from goal setting/accomplishment to impulse control.
Check out the study online:
If you happen to need a great playground to visit this summer, check us out online:http://www.shanesinspiration.org/playgrounds/
The View from the Playground: Taking Flight!
Take flight with ZipKrooz™
Check out this incredible play event…a huge step for inclusive play!
Originally posted on Together We Play:
ZipKrooz lets kids zip from one end to the other, and back again for nonstop fun. With three lengths of track available, ZipKrooz and ZipKrooz Assisted can accommodate any playground or all three can be installed to offer users a graduated experience. Even better, when installed together ZipKrooz and ZipKrooz Assisted provide children of all abilities the feeling of flying side-by-side.
Learn more about ZipKrooz and ZipKrooz Assisted and see it in action below.
View from the Playground: Inspiring Play Think Tank!
Two weeks ago, Shane’s Inspiration’s Director of Design, Diane Scanlan, and Marnie Norris, Director of Programs, spent two days in deep play with Landscape Structures’ (www.playlsi.com) incredible design and development team as well as leaders in the field of inclusive play. The inspiring group looked at the world of play physically, socially, emotionally, and through the senses. They explored barriers and opportunities for people with disabilities, resulting in great ideas on how to transform the play experience into seamless inclusion. Shane’s Inspiration took home exciting program ideas, coming soon to a playground near you!
From Left to Right: Scott Roschi, Kerry Sornoski, Jane Jenewein
From Left to Right: Diane Scanlan, Gabe Cotten, John McConkey, Ingrid Kanics, Cynthia Gentry, Tom Keller
From Left to Right: Marnie Norris, Cynthia Gentry, Diane Scanlan
Not pictured: Tony Malkusak
The View from the Playground: A Well Executed Play for Inclusion
We are in the midst of football madness! But we wanted to start this new year off by sharing one of the best executed plays of 2013…as a reminder of how incredibly powerful it is when kids who are typically able become aware of the value and contribution of their peers with disabilities.
Watch and enjoy! Then let us know…what are you doing in 2014 to make this kind of magic possible at your school?
The View from the Playground…Inclusion in Ecuador
On Friday, November 22, we had the incredible honor of marking the grand opening of the very first inclusive playground in Ecuador!
The City of Cuenca’s Mayor Paúl Granda López and his wife Gabriela Velez, along with former Vice President Lenin Moreno’s wife Rocio Gonzalez, celebrated side-by-side with hundreds of children of all abilities…some of whom experienced swinging and integrated play for the very first time in their lives.
Among those also celebrating this landmark playground were: Pat Faust, President of Landscape Structures, Jane Jenewein, Strategic Alliance Manager of Landscape Structures, Tiffany Harris, Co-Founder & CEO of Shane’s Inspiration, Brad Thornton, Director of Project Development at Shane’s Inspiration, and Marnie Norris, Director of Programs at Shane’s Inspiration.
The City embraced this fully-inclusive play space, which was originally inspired by the former Vice President’s office. On a deeper level, they embraced the core inspiration behind these play spaces: the knowledge that all children and adults deserve to participate in the life of their community.
Days prior to this amazing event, Shane’s Inspiration trained over 80 student teachers from the Universidad del Azuay.
They explored the concepts of social inclusion, play facilitation, and building connections between children with and without disabilities. Those students led the charge at the grand opening, engaging with and supporting the children as they played.
While there, we also demonstrated our education program for the City of Cuenca with 25 wonderful 8-year-old students at the Andes School. In the next two weeks, they will partner with students with disabilities to inaugurate the new playground with the first integrated field trip!
Shane’s Inspiration was honored to work with an amazing team of people that include: former Vice President Lenin Moreno, Dr. Alex Camacho Vásconez –General Secretary of SETEDIS, Isabel Maldonado Vasco, Melita Vega with the City of Cuenca’s Accion Social Municipal, Andrea Costales, and Andres Sevilla, among many others who built the playground.
From Los Angeles to Cuenca…it has been a powerful journey that is inspiring inclusion across the globe. Next stop on our world tour…Sochi, Russia. Stay tuned!