According to CDC, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects approximately 1 in 54 persons in the United States. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have senses that are either hyper-sensitively or hypo-sensitively stimulated. This includes sights, sounds, smells, taste, touch, balance and kinesthesia.
While play should be stimulating in multiple levels of activities. Children with autism spectrum disorder have trouble managing the highly-stimulated senses leading them to struggle navigating and calculating risks. When visiting a playground, they can become easily overwhelmed or excited making them want to hide or to burst through the playground with high energy.
Softline Solutions works with groups to design and build the safest surfaces for our children. As we always say, protecting children through play starts at planning stage. We recommend accomodating as many of the following points as possible to create a dream playspace.
Softline Solutions FirstBase playground surface system is the ultimate playground surface solution for clear navigation and protection throughout the playgrounds. Surface colors and clear directional design guides the children safely through the playgrounds. FirstBase is certified by the International Playground Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (IPEMA), meets ASTM F1292, ASTM F1951, CSA Z614:20 standards and is ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant. For further information on Softline's surfaces, please click here or reach out for assistance.