When Mila was born, the doctors prepared us for the worst. They informed us that she had some rare genetic anomalies that would most likely prevent her from ever walking, talking or leading an independent life. Mila is our first and only child so that news was devastating to our family.
Mila has persevered and exceeded most all of the doctor’s expectations. She struggled to walk at the age of 3, event with the assistance of a gait trainer. After 5 half days of days of preschool with her peers, she began to take independent steps. The power of peer interaction is great. Most special needs children thrive when surrounded by typically achieving children. Providing a barrier-free play environment for all children is essential for growth and development. Equipment like the Ability Whirl allows typically achieving children to ride along side with those that may not be independently mobile or have full stability control.
Everyone who Mila meets becomes an instant friend. She has this amazing gift to brighten anyone’s day and bring a smile to the faces of those who need it most – from bus drivers and teachers, to complete strangers. Mila is non-verbal but manages to communicate in her own unique way with others. She is extremely inquisitive and a hands-on leaner that thrives in unique play settings. Sounds and movements spark interest and provide a gateway to learning. Wee Notes musical installments provide sound and vibration connections to individuals like Mia that may not be able to project their voices. Inclusive playground equipment like the Sky Run Zip Track give Mila the vestibular input that her body craves while keeping her safe and secure.
Whether your child is typically or atypically achieving, we as parents want to provide play experiences that boost their physical, social and cognitive development. This inclusive playground is a much needed and well deserved first step to provide these barrier-free play environments for all of our children.
The DiGirolamo Family