Learning Through a Spectrum of Play
28 September 2017
A collaborative outdoor classroom and playground concept designed by our community.
Earlier this year, parents, staff and young people worked collaboratively with our Landscape Architect (Sharon Bell from Design Instincts Landscapes) to develop the Master Plan for our outdoor classroom and playground.
The Master Plan focuses on nurturing the needs of young people living with ASD and will be an integral tool for therapy and education support, and a space to find peace by connecting with nature. This specialised playground and outdoor classrooms spaces combine learning and play in tactile and energized spaces, and includes sensory focused play spaces designed to embrace fun and friendship and celebration.
Some elements to be incorporated are: Barefoot Sensory Walk - reflexology path, Paths of health – music experience, finger labyrinth, inspired treehouse, vibration and wobble mats, a rainbow tunnel – colourful shade and sun, animals to nurture, an aromatic/sensory garden, water play and mist forest, tracing and rub walls with letters and numbers, group seating capsules and individual pods.
With support from our community, we have been lucky to be able to commence Stage 1 of construction this September. Features of the first stage include a cubby house and indoor trampoline.