When it comes to build-it-yourself backyard playsets, it can be
hard for parents of children with special needs to figure out which
ones are best for their child's particular disability. Recently,
Swing-N-Slide, a wooden playset manufacturer, partnered with
AblePlay to review and provide ratings on their playsets and
The AblePlay review system evaluates products using four
disability categories: communicative, sensory, cognitive and
physical, to provide a snapshot of the product's appropriateness
for children with disabilities. AblePlay assesses the product using
a 5-star rating system.
Most recently, the Adaptive Swing Seat was launched by
Swing-N-Slide to offer a different type of residential play
experience from a standard swing. This adaptive seat looks like a
roller coaster car, featuring a bar that lifts for easy entrance
and locks into place for added security while in use. The swing
provides neck, back, shoulder and waist support so children can
maintain a neutral body position and enjoy the developmental
benefits of swinging.
This seat also is included with the Adaptive Swing Set Kit
featuring a second heavy duty swing seat for additional play
opportunities. The Adaptive Swing Seat earned a 4-star rating in
all of AblePlay's disability categories.
Developed by the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit authority
on play for children with disabilities, AblePlay connects parents
and the professionals who work with them to appropriate and
innovative products from the traditional marketplace.
For a complete assortment of AblePlay-rated products by
Swing-N-Slide, visit swing-n-slide.com. For more information on the
AblePlay rating system, visit ableplay.org.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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