Therapeutic schoolyard: design for children with autism

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dc.contributor.author King, Chelsey
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-25T20:10:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-25T20:10:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13657
dc.description.abstract It is estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that approximately 1 in every 88 children are diagnosed with some level of autism or various degrees of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (2012). Pervasive Developmental Disorders are commonly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders (and hereafter referred to as autism). Many children with autism have difficulty communicating, must cope with their disorder, and may need special considerations in the classroom. Needs of children with autism vary from child to child, but they all can benefit from environments that are designed with awareness of challenges and characteristics associated with autism. Schoolyards commonly contain asphalt, turf, and traditional play structures that do not take into consideration the needs of children with mental or physical disabilities. However, schoolyards can be designed to provide therapeutic benefits on these children without segregating them from the larger school community. In order to understand how a schoolyard might be designed as a therapeutic environment for children with autism the challenges, needs, and common therapies for children with autism must be understood. The characteristics of therapeutic landscapes for children must be considered in addition. After examining both therapeutic landscapes and the many facets of autism, the researcher applied lessons learned to the design of a schoolyard master plan for Amanda Arnold Elementary School in Manhattan, Kansas. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Landscapes of Learning en_US
dc.subject Schoolyard Design en_US
dc.subject Autism en_US
dc.subject Therapeutic Landscapes en_US
dc.title Therapeutic schoolyard: design for children with autism en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Mary Catherine (Katie) Kingery-Page en_US
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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