This section includes indoor and outdoor play and playground equipment.
Outdoor adventure and modular playground structures are made of plastic or wooden units which can be used individually, or assembled to form large play structures. They have special features for children with limited mobility or partial sight. They combine activity areas with ladders, frames, tunnels, theme houses and interchangeable activity and tactile panels. Some of the items (e.g. slides, ramps and bridges) are made double width, so that children can be accompanied by a helper to facilitate and physically support them to use the playground equipment.
Swings, hammocks, rockers and spinners are often used for therapy purposes to develop the balance and posture of children in different positions. Specialist knowledge is required however, to prevent over stimulation. The swings come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be either fixed to the ceiling or used with a gantry frame. The rockers enable children to rock whilst sitting in a supported position. Two children are usually required to maintain the rocking movement. They can be useful for children whose legs push tightly together and for developing sitting balance, posture and head control.
Outdoor swings and rockers may be used to develop balance reactions and postural control. Included are wheelchair accessible swings and specialised swing seats which may have an integral pommel, footrest and an adjustable harness. Seat heights and angles can often be adjusted on these swings. Some of the swings have reduced side-to-side motion and twisting to give a stable and gently swinging platform. Several seats allow children to swing whilst in a lying or reclined position.
If you know that there is a certain product that will help you, feel free to browse through our online catalogue or use our search tool for specific product names. National retailers are listed against each product and you can click on their link to go directly to their website to order that product or contact the retailer for more information. Don't forget to tell them you found their information on our site.
If you are unsure about what you need why not try our AskSARA tool to narrow down your search by considering what areas of daily living you need help with.
If you would prefer to speak to someone for advice about daily living equipment, please contact our Helpline on 0300 999 0004.
Our experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem and can send you information on products that might help you, where you can buy equipment and other useful organisations that might be able to help you.
You can also post a question on the Youreable forum. it’s free to join the forum and the community is supportive and knowledgeable. The forum is an online community of and for disabled and older people and their families/carers.