Most important barrier for active inclusion play isn’t fysical

In 2017 two master pediatric physiotherapist students from Hogeschool Utrecht, did a  qualitative study to investigate the barriers children with a physical disability encounter when they want to play outside and what we can do about it.  Children and parents from the Speeltuinbende participated in the research. I’m very happy their interesting research, conclusiones  and solutions   finaly are published.  You can find the artical her.

Group photo of the Speeltuinbende, Barneveld 2017. The researchers observing children playing together in a playground in Barneveld, The Netherlands


Research conclusions

According to both parents and professionals, the most important barrier to active inclusive outdoor play was social, hindering the participation of children with PD in play with typically developing peers. To overcome such problems, professionals should take an active role in empowering children with PD and their parents. Furthermore, it is important to introduce outdoor active play early, so it becomes part of normal daily life. In addition, a change in the mindset of typically developing children and their parents seems essential to achieve true inclusive active play.


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