This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Did you know that October is Sensory Awareness Month? It is! So many kids have sensory issues these days, ranging from not being able to tolerate tags and seams all the way to being so overwhelmed by their senses that they have a hard time functioning in the modern world.
While we can only speculate why sensory disorders are growing, more and more kids have them, so it's important to be sensitive to their needs. I see too many insensitive kids at parks and playgrounds that are mean to my daughters and other kids. I can only imagine what the experience is like for kids with sensory disorders.
Landscape Structures is one company that is building playgrounds that address this growing concern. The idea is that the play structures are built so that kids of all ages and developmental levels can play together safely.
They go beyond accessibility and focus on developmental appropriateness and sensory-stimulating activities. That way play can be more inclusive among kids of different ages and stages.
Of course, we as parents need to step in and teach our kids compassion. We need to teach them that just because someone is different from us somehow, it doesn't mean that we should treat them any differently. And it certainly doesn't mean we should pick on or bully people that are different from us.
My daughters know this well, and we always talk about being kind and understanding. They are always the first kids to give a helping hand at the park. I wish I saw that quality in more kids.
What can we do to bridge that gap and reach kids who aren't being taught inclusivity at home? How can we show them the right path? I'm a huge fan of leading by example and offering opportunities for growth and learning.
I like that Landscape Structures works to bridge that gap and provide play opportunities that can help kids learn life lessons like empathy, inclusivity, leadership, persistence and support. If they're not learning it at home, perhaps they can learn it on the playground. Kids learn best through play after all.
The next time you're looking for a new park to explore, look for a playground by Landscape Structures that encourages inclusive play. It's a good opportunity to expose your child to other kids that are different from them.
There are playgrounds nationwide, so there may be one near you. Visit the Landscape Structures website to find an inclusive playground near you.