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Program Options for Accessible Playgrounds in Pediatric Health Care Settings


This study looks at how programming options can be used to help children with disabilities participate in educational and/or therapeutic activities on a playground. We are interested in learning more about how accessible playgrounds can be leveraged through programming options (e.g., facilitated play activities, student education plans, physiotherapy programs, etc.)

We want to understand how play programming can be incorporated into accessible playgrounds to help children with disabilities meet their social, educational, and therapeutic/rehabilitative goals.

Call to action

Do you (or your child) have a disability? Do you use the Bloorview School Authority (BSA) accessible playground?

Are you an educator or healthcare provider that uses the BSA accessible playground with your clients to meet their goals?

We want to hear about your needs, desires, and preferences for programs on accessible playgrounds.

Who can participate

  • Children/youth (aged 5-18 years) & their parents/caregivers with any amount of experience using the BSA accessible playground
  • Ontario-based healthcare professionals (e.g., OT, PT, Therapeutic Recreation Specialists) with at least 6 weeks of experience working with the BSA accessible playground

Funding agency

The Centre for Leadership

What's involved

As part of this study, you will be asked to complete a brief demographic questionnaire, an interview, and an art activity that can be completed at home on your own time. You have the option to participate either in person at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (HBKRH) or virtually through Zoom.

The study involves completing a 45–90-minute interview (outside of work/school hours) in which we will ask you questions about your experiences using the BSA accessible playground. We will ask questions about your personal experiences, including what you like and dislike about the playground, any challenges you have faced using the playground, and the emotions/feelings you had while playing with others on the playground. The interview will be audio-recorded but nobody else will be able to listen to your interview except for the research team.

Child/youth participants will also be asked to complete an arts-based activity at home over a 2-week period. No artistic talent is required, and art supplies will be provided. Instructions and methods may be modified (e.g., drawing on an iPad) for the activity. Child/youth participants will be asked to draw a picture using the art supplies and write a few words describing their picture on a certain topic related to experiences as a child/youth with a disability using the BSA playground. Completing the art activity may take 2 to 2.5 hours to complete.

The whole study will take about 3 to 4.5 hours to complete.

As a thank you for being a part of this study, you will be given $25 gift card. If you choose to meet in person at HBKRH to complete the study, you will be reimbursed for all travel costs up to a total of $10 per visit.


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Shalaine Sedres at 403-479-1691.


Additional information

Version 1 (10/05/2022) REB #0526

Program Options for Accessible Playgrounds in Pediatric Health Care Settings

Download recruitment flyer

Putting the Play in Accessible Playgrounds - Recruitment Flyer

Learn more about this study