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Inclusive play

Inclusive play

We offer an inclusive game solution with interactive play equipment

Our interactive playgrounds are great catalysts for inclusive play. Playground equipment should be as diverse as our communities, and as our interactive playsets are genuinely inclusive and multigenerational, it is easy to achieve. The great thing about our interactives is that we do not even intentionally plan for inclusion. With our innovative products, we unite everyone through play because all people require the opportunity to test boundaries.

The current play equipment for disabled is most often not challenging or fun because:

  • Most playgrounds are usually focused on just one disability
  • Disabled children still face many barriers, both social and environmental
  • Communication barriers prevent many disabled children from joining in
  • Most inclusive play areas are for children only so parents can’t play along
  • There is a lack of play equipment that’s enhancing physical, emotional and social development

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The Yalp Sona | Wallaroo Park - Woodforest in Montgomery County, TX

The Yalp Sona | Wallaroo Park - Woodforest in Montgomery County, TX

The Yalp Sutu | WKZ Hospital - Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Yalp Sutu | WKZ Hospital - Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Yalp Sona | Olivia's playground - Kansas, United States of America

The Yalp Sona | Olivia's playground - Kansas, United States of America

The Yalp Sona |

The Yalp Sona |

Inclusive play for older teens/young adults

Our interactive court Toro, interactive ball wall Sutu and DJ-booth Fono offers inclusive play opportunities for teens and young adults. Or even disabled parents and caregivers with different abilities. Our interactives are not only inclusive for children.

Settings to change the amount of introduced challenge

A public park frequented by diverse people with varying impairments might prefer a very generic approach to the game settings. A special needs school with one-on-one supervision who knows their children exceptionally well might want to increase the playground equipment challenge to help them adapt to life outside. They might want to increase the variety of Sona audio samples and, in doing so, the opportunity to create challenges. The unpredictability, as a part of play, might increase risk (esthetically, the Sona is not risky). Would you like to learn more about the possibilities? Together we can look at the different possibilities in the settings.

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There are more than 1 billion people with disabilities globally

Our very first inclusive interactive

In 2006 we started developing our first interactive play equipment, the Yalp Sona Interactive dance and play arch. In over a decade, we’ve realized more than 550 play areas worldwide. In various projects, we discovered that our products suit the needs of children with disabilities astonishingly well.

This amazingly fits our vision that everyone, regardless of background, age, gender, and ability, should have the same opportunities to explore and achieve. Though we still see that the group with special needs or disabilities is most neglected in playground design. Most inclusive play solutions that are being offered are often stigmatizing or are not interesting enough.

We strive to create unique sports- and playgrounds that punctuate, not define a play space, embracing the true meaning of inclusion and adaptive play. The Yalp interactive products have no barriers; they are not stigmatizing but are challenging and exciting for all ages and abilities.

The Yalp Sona is a great success with the children at our day center and due to the different games and music types suitable for all. The children genuinely love to dance under the arch.

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Inclusive play with Yalp!

The interactive play equipment is always connected to the internet

The Yalp interactive playsets are connected to the internet. You can alter settings remotely using any kind of device with an internet connection (mobile phone, tablet, or pc). Volume settings, on/off times, and games can be changed. Your personal login also gives access to advanced usage statistics, which can be monitored live.

  • Games & volume levels can be adjusted for a particular need
  • Wide range of games with difficulty levels
  • Varying challenges for all ages and abilities
  • The equipment gives both auditory and visual feedback
  • Online connected for game updates and monitoring
  • High tech equipment for outdoor use

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Accessibility is our principal requirement

All of our interactives are ground level and, therefore, easily accessible for people with physical impairments, such as wheelchairs and other mobility devices such as the increasingly larger powered mobility devices for more severe and complex special needs that might be too big for some of the traditional equipment. To us, that’s just an obvious starting point. What is really important is what happens once an individual with special needs gets to the playground.

Inclusive play that focuses on multiple disabilities

There are many different impairments and even many ranges of abilities within those impairments. Unlike people with the same impairment are also impacted in different ways. We absolutely do not have a pool of wisdom. Most of our game development came through observations and conversations with special ed teachers, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, and, most importantly, the parents of special needs children.

Free versus structured play

Typically children with special needs are over-protected from opportunities. Interactives offer a fixed place on the playground where independence is encouraged. Because all of our interactives only have one button, almost all children can select their own games and make their own choices. This enhances essential motivation. Children with special needs in the cognitive domain thrive with our interactive playsets as they offer various challenges. It is vital to provide situations in which they can take the lead, experience free play, are motivated to seek new challenges (the interactive play equipment also give audio feedback), develop competence and to simply let off steam.

What about, for example, children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The level of disability varies greatly, but we at least want to give a few instances of how children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder play under, for example, our dance arch Sona.

Many children with ASD under- or overreact to sensory stimuli such as sound. Sudden noises might upset them. Usually, there is also resistance to change. The Sona settings can be programmed so that music and games are predictable. Certain games on the Sona provide structure and give precise and short instructions. The Sona will tell them what happens next, which is appreciated by people with fragmented perceptions. It gives clearness to prevent undesirable behavior.

Often children with ASD do not employ a theory of mind and might not have the ability to understand one’s own mental state and those of others. The Sona gives positive encouragement and feedback after a specific task such as ‘you danced very well.’ This way, children experience pride and increase their self-confidence.

Some might have a resistance to being touched. Under the Sona, caretakers can play beside them instead of standing in front of them as some eye contact might be stressful or uncomfortable. Caretakers can assist verbally without having to touch them to facilitate play. This typically makes them feel safer.