According to a 2014 survey, staff that attended a Let’s ALL Play training were able to more effectively make adaptations to activities, solve child specific challenges and paid more attention to individual children.
Interested in becoming inclusive or enhancing your inclusive programs? We’d be happy to help guide you through the transition and improvements. Below is a list of the Let’s ALL Play resources we offer. If you don’t see a format or item you are looking for, we are open to creating a training program just right for you and your organization. Contact Aron Hall for more details.
1) Let’s ALL Play 101 Training – We are excited to train front line staff, leadership staff, executive boards, cross-program staff and/or representatives from multiple communities programs. The full training module is 4-5 hours. Your staff will be equipped to understand why inclusion is important, how to serve families effectively, how to assist children in creating friendships, how to achieve positive behaviors, and how to create accessible activities. Contact Aron Hall through email or a 919-314-5540 to discuss dates and costs and to make arrangements.
2) Let’s ALL Play 202 Training Modules (Live and Webinar options available) – A representative from the National Inclusion Project can train multiple staff and/or programs on-site or through the use of webinar. Topics include: Why Inclusion?, Helping Children Make Connections, Effectively Managing Behavior, The Power of Inclusive Play, Building Relationships with Parents, among others. Contact Aron Hall through email or a 919-314-5540 to discuss dates and costs and to make arrangements.
3) Let’s ALL Play manual – The Let’s ALL Play manual will prove to be a valuable resource as you are implementing your inclusive program. The manual includes information on Laying the Groundwork, Hiring and Training Staff, Serving Families Effectively, Building Lifelong Friendships, Achieving Positive Behaviors, and Creating Accessible Activities. It also includes sample training activities and forms. Click here to order your copy.
4) Inclusion Exchange – The Inclusion Exchange is the FREE online meeting place of practitioners, coaches, camp counselors and teachers who are working to ensure that all kids are included in play activities – so no one ever misses out. Click here to join.
5) Partner with us – For programs looking to intentionally reach out into their communities to make full inclusion a reality, we have a partnership with funding available. Funding can apply to additional staffing, training, and scholarships. Click here to see more about our partnership process.
What is Let’s ALL Play?
Let’s ALL Play provides the foundation and the framework for recreational programs to bring an inclusive experience to children in their communities. Through training, staffing, and scholarships, Let’s ALL Play gives children with disabilities the same experience as those without. Children with and without disabilities come together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more.
The goal of Let’s ALL Play is to assist organizations that serve children nationwide in moving toward full inclusion. From 2004-2007, the National Inclusion Project worked with select summer camp programs in several locations to develop the inclusive recreational experience for children with and without disabilities. Recreational sites now have as a resource a tested, successful, comprehensive program model supported through our training modules and consulting.
One of the greatest advantages of Let’s ALL Play is that it is flexible enough to adapt to a variety of situations. Let’s ALL Play has been successfully implemented in YMCA programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Parks and Recreation Departments, Jewish Community Centers, privately-run camps, children’s museums, and zoos in a mix of urban, suburban, and rural areas. Directors have reported serving campers with a wide range of disabilities of varying severities including: intellectual and developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and physical disabilities.
You can see all of our Let’s ALL Play partners by clicking here.
Why Let’s ALL Play?
Let’s ALL Play provides training, resources, and partnerships for recreational programs that are currently serving children with special needs and wish to do it better or programs seeking to open doors currently shut to children with special needs in their community. We strive to meet programs where they are. Interested programs can be assured that we will work to provide you as much help as we can.
Let’s ALL Play includes inclusive modifications that work for programs overall or individuals in your program as well as inclusive games and activities that benefit ALL children. Counselors have reported that Let’s ALL Play modifications and games have made an overwhelmingly positive difference in the recreational experience for all children. Children with and without disabilities have seen dramatic growth in motor skills as well as improvement in social skills, self-esteem, compassion, and understanding.
What People are Saying about Let’s ALL Play:
“Let’s ALL Play gave us a common language around inclusion that we are still using 3 years later. It helped us to identify what we were already doing well and have valuable conversations about how to improve. Connecting with other similar programs through National Inclusion Project has given us a support system when we are facing challenges as well as encouragement through their success stories. There are so many people doing great things in inclusion and Let’s ALL Play does the important work of bringing those best practices together.” – Boys & Girls Club Inclusion Director