Playground Communication Board
The playground communication board at WPS is done and installed. This board now makes it possible for all children to be able to functionally communicate in a leisurely setting. Making our playground inclusive to everyone was the goal when we envisioned this board. The project helps all children connect to each other by allowing them to use (point to) universal symbols to communicate with each other when there is an expressive language barrier while on the playground. This can be used by students who experience high levels of worry and “freeze” when they are feeling this way or have trouble articulating their thoughts, feelings or ideas. This will provide the ability for all learners to connect in a positive manner in an unstructured environment including inviting others to play with them; being able to ask for help in specific ways; identify if they are hurt or scared; as well as increase interactions between children as well as children and adults. We also see this board as a way to raise awareness for everyone in the community by having the mindset of putting positivity in action. We are very proud of this board and want to thank the Westhill Educational Foundation for the funding, our maintenance/groundskeepers Andy DeBarr and John Patapow, along with Walberta’s custodian, Mark Smith, for the careful installation, and Ed Wittowski’s help with ordering to make this all possible.