Abstract

Occupational therapists are well qualified for involvement in playground planning. They know how to eliminate architectural barriers, adapt equipment to maximize independence and functional levels, and use play in facilitating children’s development. By participating in playground planning or adaption, the occupational therapist can present play opportunities for children with disabilities, increase public awareness of occupational therapy, and extend the use of treatment modalities. This paper makes specific suggestions for planning and building to make the idea for a playground a realistic goal. A case example illustrates the planning of a playground in a hospital setting.

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