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Outdoor Learning Environment

The development of this outdoor learning environment is vital to our students' ability to interact within their community through learning and play. In order to reach our goal of accessibility for all, we are required to focus on specialized construction and dedicated items that meet the needs of our students. These above normal needs exceed the funding and specification of a typical playground. It is felt that our project offers unparalleled experiences for learning and engagement for all users.

VIEW OUR DESIGN PLANS

North Area
West Sensory Area
East Area

 

PIECES AND THEIR THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OPPORTUNITIES

NORTH AREA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improved  Sitting or Standing Balance

Improved Communication with Others

Improved Social Interaction

Improved Mood and Affect Regulation

Provision of Sensory Input: Movement/ Vestibular

Provision of Sensory Input: Auditory

Provision of Sensory Input: Tactile

Active Production of Musical Tones

Strengthening of Large Muscle Groups/ Motor Planning

Relaxation of Muscles 

Improved Body Awareness

Aero Glide

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X

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Spring Rocker

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Spring Balance Beam

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X

 

 

 

X

 

X

Slides single, double

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

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Panel Play

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X

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X

Wide Ramps,acces for wheel chairs

 

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X

 

 

 

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Rock Step Climber

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X

 

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Super-Nova

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Teeter Totter

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Panel Play

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SittingSpinner

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Spinner Bowl

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Glider Bench

X

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X

 

 

 

X

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X

Contra-Bass ChimesMusic Play

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Swings some with full support

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X

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X

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Simulated Bus Steps

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X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

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Simulated Grass Safety Play Surface

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

WEST SENSORY AREA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improved  Sitting or Standing Balance

Improved Communication with Others

Improved Social Interaction

Improved Mood and Affect Regulation

Provision of Sensory Input: Movement/ Vestibular

Provision of Sensory Input: Auditory

Provision of Sensory Input: Tactile

Active Production of Musical Tones

Strengthening of Large Muscle Groups/ Motor Planning

Relaxation of Muscles 

Improved Body Awareness

Accessible Sand Table

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X

X

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Panel Play

 

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X

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Pagoda Bells Music Play

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X

 

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Glass Imbarimba Music Play

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Sunset on the Yantzee Music Play

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Accessible Water Table

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X

 

 

 

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Mister Tower

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Varied Walk Surface

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Water Fountain

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X

 

 

X

 

 

 

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Glider Bench

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X

 

X

 

 

 

X

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Art Panel

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

Simulated Grass Safety Play Surface

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

EAST AREA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improved  Sitting or Standing Balance

Improved Communication with Others

Improved Social Interaction

Improved Mood and Affect Regulation

Provision of Sensory Input: Movement/ Vestibular

Provision of Sensory Input: Auditory

Provision of Sensory Input: Tactile

Active Production of Musical Tones

Strengthening of Large Muscle Groups/ Motor Planning

Relaxation of  Tight Muscles 

Improved Body Awareness

Spring Ring

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Glider Bench

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Spinner Bowl

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Spintastic

 

X

 

X

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X

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Activeo-Nucleus

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X

X

XXX

 

 

 

X

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Swings some with full support

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X

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X

 

 

 

X

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Oodle Swing

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Rock Block  Climber Tunnel

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Roller Slide

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DoubleSlide

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ClubHouse, including play panels

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Simulated Grass Safety Play Surface

 

 

 

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For studies and articles discussing the benefits of pieces such as those selected for the Outdoor Learning Environment, please see the following:

-Function and Value of Swings: The Benefits of Playground Swings, A PlayCore sponsored study conducted by Joe L. Frost, EdD; Pei-San Brown, MA; John A. Sutterby, PhD; and Deborah Wisneski, PhD, http://www.gametime.com/pdf/frost-swings-final.pdf

-Children’s Play, Play Environments, and Development, by Joe L. Frost, EdD, LHD, http://www.playcore.com/downloads/childrens-play-frost.pdf

-Overhead Equipment Use: The Developmental Benefits and Use Patterns of Overhead Equipment on Playgrounds, A PlayCore sponsored study conducted by Joe L. Frost, EdD,LHD; Pei-San Brown, MA; John A. Sutterby, PhD; James A.Therrell, PhD; and Candra D. Thornton, PhD, http://www.playcore.com/downloads/frost-overhead-equip-final.pdf

-Professional Perspectives and Research on Children’s Outdoor Environments, North Carolina Outdoor Learning Environments Alliance, http://www.ncprek.nc.gov/OLE/pdf/OLE-RecommendedResourcesforChildrensOutdoorEnvironments.pdf

 -Climbing Behavior: The Nature and Benefits of Children’s Climbing Behaviors, A PlayCore sponsored study conducted by Joe L. Frost,

EdD, LHD; Pei-San Brown, MA; John A. Sutterby, PhD; Candra D. Thornton, PhD, http://www.playcore.com/downloads/frost-climbing-final.pdf

-Children's Outdoor Play & Learning Environments: Returning to Nature, By Randy White & Vicki Stoecklin, http://www.whitehutchinson.com/children/articles/outdoor.shtml

-An Exploratory Study of Sensory Gardens, Hazreena Hussein, http://www.fandangodesign.com/grs/hussein.pdf

-Are Playgrounds Worth The Risk, mibba.com, http://articles.mibba.com/Health/4009/Are-Playgrounds-Worth-The-Risk