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Video describing Games All Children Can PlayView a transcript of this film
In this film, families talk about why inclusive play has been so important to them.
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Video describing Games All Children Can Play
View a transcript of this film
Our guide is for families and group leaders who work in any play setting with disabled and non-disabled children.
All of the games use simple and easy-to-use equipment, which can be conveniently carried in an everyday large sports bag. We have tested the equipment in specialised settings, where the families and friends of disabled and non-disabled children were invited to an activity afternoon. We encouraged all of the children to play together.
Participation starts with the planning and thinking that goes into making activities enjoyable and successful for all children. It means that they we don't assume how the child will join in.
For example, the activity may be one that the child could access in a wheeled chair. It might also provide opportunities for independent movement on the floor or take place in a standing or in high-kneeling position, and this can provide opportunities for changes of position.
As a child, there may be risks in the everyday rough and tumble of exploring our surroundings at home or outside. This is healthy risk-taking, even though parents or carers are careful to take all necessary safety precautions.
When a disabled child wants to try to be more independent, try out a new game or pastime or go it alone, we may hedge their actions with safety precautions. Some of these safety precautions are about our fears for the child and some are about our fears for ourselves. We often assess risks as if we can rule them out completely and are unwilling to subject ourselves or the children to anything that might carry risk.
There are risks inherent in life and when we work with disabled children we accept it may involve some risk to ourselves. The dignity and rights of disabled people should be our first consideration.
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