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.
A years ago, after complaining to a mom friend of mine about how much time I was spending at the park, she said to me bluntly “You need to spend more time in the sandbox”. I was a bit shocked and perplexed by her comment. What do you mean I need to spend more time in the sandbox? My son was 3 years old and I was already spending 2+ hours a day at the park trying to burn off his excess energy.
Little did she know, that earlier that year, Field Trip Boy had been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and was described as a “sensory seeker”. He was highly interested in movement, lights, colors, sounds, smells and tastes that excite.
Children with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. They may feel bombarded by information, crave intense sensory experiences or may be unaware of sensations that others feel. They may also have sensory-motor symptoms such as a weak body, clumsiness, awkwardness or delayed motor skills.
October is Sensory Awareness Month! During the entire month of October, parents, educators and therapists rally together to spread awareness of Sensory Processing and how it affects children and adults every single day. With 1 in 6 children struggling with sensory processing challenges, it’s an important cause to promote.
In light of Sensory Awareness Month, my children and I recently visted one of Landscape Structures local playgrounds in Yorba Linda called Eastside Park.
My kids were delighted to get out of the car and play after taking family photos earlier in the day. They immediately went over to the spider ball and climbed to the top. Even in dress shoes, they were able to get to the top in under a minute. That’s how strong Landscape Structures’ play equipment is.
Next, they decided to go down the slide, swing on the swings and play on the monkey bars. Previously, I had to help my daughter get across the monkey bars at the park. Not this time! Instead, she bravely went across on her own and I was impressed with how strong she had gotten.
In addition to community build park in Yorba Linda, there are over 20 Landscape Structures Inclusive Playgrounds in Southern California. Inclusive playgrounds help children develop physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills. They are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe place where children of all ages and abilities can play together.
Inclusive playgrounds also take away the barriers to exclusion, both physical, economical and social, providing a “sensory rich” experience for everyone. Furthermore, children can learn important life lessons such as leadership, persistence, support and empathy at the playground.
Thanks to the trend of building inclusive playgrounds in communities, now my sensory seeking kids can play in a fun and safe environment with all their friends. To find an inclusive playground in your area, visit PlayLSI.com.
Have fun in the sandbox!