Monster Play Area contributes significant role in behaviour development in children with ASD


A new creative play area just installed at New Options (Kinsale) school In Flintshire now plays a key role in the holistic care of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related communication difficulties.


[UKPRwire, Thu Jan 22 2009] A new creative play area just installed at New Options (Kinsale) school In Flintshire now plays a key role in the holistic care of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related communication difficulties.

New Options (Kinsale) school is a residential specialist school for children with ASD and many of the children live there 52 weeks every year. The provision meets the needs of children from age 8 to 18 who require a service that can provide them with a consistent and structured environment 24 hours a day

To make life more interesting and challenging for the children, the school has extensive resources for physical activity including a gym, sports hall and all-weather pitch. However these require adult supervision, and a more recreational resource was needed. To meet this need, a new play area was designed and installed by Watford-based Monster Play Systems with a mixture of modules that stimulate communication as well as encourage physical activity, but to the children’ would be seen as a leisure pastime that is fun and enjoyable.

The ‘Turn Across’ requires reciprocal activity from their peers or supervisory adults, which encourages communication, both vocal and signing. The ‘Zip wire’ gives them an understanding of other people’s needs such as turn taking and stimulates communication and cooperation. The ‘Fitness Trail’ encourages them to hang, climb and swing, supporting their own body weight, so it’s an ideal way for them to exercise in a way that they perceive as fun.

Head teacher Jonathon Morgan commented, “The play area is more than just a play area to us. It is functional yet fun; an area where the children can really enjoy themselves, improve their physical fitness and at the same time develop interpersonal and communication skills. It also provides a haven, where they can go when they are experiencing difficulties or anxiety.

The site is on a steep slope and it was originally intended to level the play area, but it was then decided to incorporate the equipment into the land profile, which now makes it far more interesting.

Mr Morgan added, “The setting is stunning, overlooking the Dee estuary, and from the top of the climbing frame the children can see the Blackpool Tower and as far as Cumbria. The area is also floodlit so the young people can have access to the equipment day and night. The play area gets used every day, before and during school and in the evenings. It has become a very important part of the school and is integral to their learning and behaviour development.”


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More about Monster Play Systems Ltd
Monster Play Systems is one of the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative provider of children’s play equipment, youth shelters, skate parks and ball courts. The innovative ‘BigToys’ range introduced in 2005, is made utilising recycled steel and plastics, and gives BigToys one of the highest percentages of recycled content available in play equipment today. Their modern YS range of youth shelters are designed to withstand heavy use, are vandal resistant and have solar powered lighting and radio as optional extras.

The company has steadily built up a reputation not only for quality products but also for the highest levels of customer service. This philosophy together with the challenge to provide a safe, positive play experience that is also fun, exciting and developmentally appropriate has resulted in Monster Play Systems becoming the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative provider of children’s play equipment.

More about New Options
New Options Schools for autistic children provide innovative, high quality and integrated holistic care and education services for children aged 8-18 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in environments which are purpose-designed and built.

As well as being cutting-edge in terms of the assistive technology installed and the exciting approaches to educating these children, we also offer a range of complimentary learning and care environments for children with an ASD which are a haven for the children and provide comfort to both the parents and statutory agencies that the children’s needs are at last being appropriately met.

The school incorporates a range of innovative concepts and approaches to enable young people with an ASD to make sense of the world around them. This is made possible by the creative and flexible curriculum and the individual approach to care. All of the autism schools employ highly qualified and experienced staff teams who are supported by a superb Continuing Professional Development Programme and a strong Clinical & Professional Services Division. They work as a team to create an atmosphere of trust and high expectation.

Contact details
Marco Boi, Sales and Marketing Manager, Monster Play Systems
Tel: 01923 811591 e-mail: marco.boi@monsterplay.co.uk


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