Recorded Presentations

Evidence-based Design: Sensory Play Gardens and Children with Developmental Disorders - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Nov 8, 2015 12:00am ‐ Nov 8, 2015 12:00am

Credits: None available.

Standard: $185.00
Members: $50.00
Associates: $40.00
Students: $25.00


More than just play, children with developmental disorders benefit from strategically designed sensory playgrounds and sensory gardens. This study evaluated the outcomes of outdoor play using a multiple baseline research design. The lessons are applicable to future sensory gardens and play areas within broad fields of architecture and landscape architecture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview evidence-based design research working with children who have developmental disorders in the context of a sensory garden/playground.
  • Define sensory processing disorders showing treatment in our sensory garden/playground at STAR Center in Denver, CO.
  • Identify elements of landscape design based on research data that facilitate self-regulation and social participation for all children and contribute to a quality life experience.
  • Discuss research findings which go beyond playground design and have implications for architecture and landscape architecture in general.

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  • John McConkey, ASLA, Market Research and Insights Manager, Landscape Structures
  • Lucy Miller, Founder and Director, SPD Foundation and STAR Center (Sensory Therapies and Research)


  • 1.50 - PDH

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