Making Play For All: Examining the effectiveness of inclusive play environments in supporting children with diverse abilities to play

Researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Federation University are seeking children with disabilities and their families help to evaluate inclusive playspaces. 

Three locations have been selected for the pilot study. We are recruiting for two site now:

Livvi’s Place, 1 Discovery Way, Jordan Springs NSW 2747

All Abilities Playground, Caloundra St, Landsborough QLD 4550

If your child/children with disabilities is between the ages of 5 and 14, has used this inclusive playspace, and would like to participate in research we would love to hear from you by 30 MAY 2018.  Please register your interest by emailing Bec Ho from Touched By Olivia’s at bec@touchedbyolivia.com.au

What’s involved? Children, accompanied by their families, will be asked to come along to the playspace to complete 3 play-based activities that will tell us about their play experiences and show us what works and doesn’t work in supporting them to play.

These activities include: a child-led tour of the playspace, a task to rate the playground, and a free play session (see details in the information sheet attached here).

Children can also ask their families to help them out with any of the activities. The researchers (Dr Lisa Stafford, Associate Professor Jenene Burke, Professor Simon Darcy, and Professor Stewart Trost) have extensive experience working and researching with children and disabilities.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Lisa Stafford, Lead Researcher of the project via email lisa.stafford@qut.edu.au or phone 07 3138 4595.

This study has research ethics approval – QUT Ethics Approval Number 1700001074.