The Nature of Inclusive Play – A Transformative Guide by Chad Kennedy and Amy Wagenfeld

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We are proud to announce that our very own Principal Landscape Architect Chad Kennedy, and Amy Wagenfeld, Occupational Therapist, have joined forces to create an extraordinary publication that will change the way we think about inclusive outdoor play.

Titled “The Nature of Inclusive Play,” this book is a pioneering work co-authored by a landscape architect and an occupational therapist, both with extensive experience in inclusive play space design. Together, they bring a comprehensive guide that equips designers, planners, educators, therapists, and anyone passionate about promoting universal outdoor play with the knowledge and insights needed to create inclusive spaces where children and their families can play without limitations or stigma.

The book dives into various crucial aspects, from the health benefits of outdoor play and the historical significance of play in child development to the importance of sensory regulation and inclusive design principles. It provides a step-by-step guide for an inclusive design review process, complete with practical guidelines. To illustrate these concepts in action, “The Nature of Inclusive Play” includes nine compelling case studies of inclusive outdoor play spaces from North America and Africa.

If you are a landscape architect, urban planner, healthcare professional, educator, or student looking to make a difference in the world of inclusive outdoor play, this book is an invaluable resource. Chad Kennedy and Amy Wagenfeld’s work exemplifies the positive impact we can have on society when we work together to create environments where every child can access the benefits of outdoor play. “The Nature of Inclusive Play” is an inspiring and educational guide that will leave a lasting mark on the world of inclusive design and outdoor joy.

The book will be available to pre-order on November 29th and will ship after December 20th.

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