Newark is taking care of kids! One park for children with Autism opened up last week and another park for special needs children is on the way!
Rob and Elizabeth Scheinberg have a daughter with Autism. Two years ago they found out there were no playgrounds for children on the Autism spectrum. As the Newark Post wrote today, the parents contacted the county and after two years, their dream became a reality: Delaware’s first playground designed exclusively for children with Autism. Located at Glasgow Park, the park has many features that help children with Autism in what are otherwise sensory unfriendly environments:
Every piece of the park has meaning, from the large mirrored sphere at the entrance to the music area with chimes, xylophone, drums and interactive sound boards.
Elizabeth Scheinberg said children with autism love mirrors because they are visually and sensory stimulating, and playing music encourages kids to work with their hands and learn how to grasp. She said they also like circles and circular movements, so the never-ending paths that meander throughout the park and around the perimeter really appeal to them.
“The lines in this park don’t end,” she said.
The paths are made of squishy artificial turf, which helps children learn to maintain balance, as do the stand-up spinners, hammocks and basket swings throughout the playground.