Parks / Recreation / Play / Sports Facility Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-C05 - Evidence-based Design: Impact of Sensory Play Environments for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Friday, October 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

1.5 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AIA/HSW, AICP, FL, NY/HSW

More than “just play,” children with developmental disorders benefit from strategically designed sensory playgrounds and gardens. This study evaluates the outcomes of outdoor play using a multiple baseline research design, and it provides a research methodology that is excellent for studying many questions within the broad field of landscape architecture.

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John McConkey

Market Insights Manager
Landscape Structures

John serves as Market Research and Insights Manager at Landscape Structures. He brings over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field, and offers a unique perspective on inclusion, health, fitness and children’s play on the playground. John researches and tracks societal and industry trends to help create innovative playground design solutions. John develops and delivers IACET and LACES accredited continuing education programs throughout North America and internationally. The focus of his recent programs include universal design and inclusion, designing playgrounds to maximize physical activity, reconnecting children with nature, and environmentally sustainable playground design.

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Greg Miller

Principal Landscape Architect
MRWM Landscape Architects

Greg is a landscape architect in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He specializes in the planning, design and implementation of parks and play areas that are fun and exciting for all users. Several of his recent projects have received design awards and serve as inspiration for the development of a city-wide system of greater inclusivity in parks. He recently gave a key-note presentation at the Landscape Structures annual sales meeting on the collaborative design process associated with projects of this type. Greg also teaches the materials and techniques class in the UNM MLA program, and is currently the national president-elect for ASLA.

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Lucy J. Miller

Founder and Director
STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller is Founder of the first Sensory Processing Disorder research program, and the world-renown STAR Institute in Denver, CO. Studies by Dr. Miller have brought SPD widespread recognition and improved countless lives. Dr. Miller has developed nine nationally standardized tests to assess SPD and other developmental disorders. In 2004, Dr. Miller received the Award of Merit from the AOTA, the profession's highest honor. In 2005, she recieved the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian award from Colorado. In 2016, Dr. Miller was declared 1 of 100 most influential OTs in the centennial anniversary celebration of the OT field.

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