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Escape the Hustle with Quiet Grove

For some children, the sights and sounds of a playground can be overwhelming, particularly for those with sensory processing disorders such as Autism. Little Tikes Commercial, in collaboration with Unlimited Play, created Quiet Grove – a cosy retreat where children can refocus and relax. Exclusively Distributed by Austek Play across Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, the innovative and inclusive design of the Quiet Grove offers a solution to meltdowns/overstimulation, without the child/carer having to leave the playground.

The Quiet Grove was designed to reduce the sights, sounds, and even smells that can become overwhelming to create a calming space. The Quiet Grove combines soothing benefits of nature with sensory and fidget activities. This alleviates children’s stress and allows them to regain control and focus.

Sometimes typical calming activities agitate rather than soothe children with Sensory Processing Disorders. The Quiet Grove incorporates specifically designed repetitive diversions to help balance the mind and body. The activities don’t take much thought but offer movement which they can concentrate on. The concentration of ‘something but nothing’ allows the child to regroup

Children can also engage in the five calming sensory activities included to reduce stress and anxiety, which includes a light switch, straight path, push wall, wavy path and fidget spinner that allows children to click, push, spin and move objects; all helping them to calm down. Soothing colours and natural elements add to the peaceful aesthetic of the Quiet grove.

The Quiet Grove measures 5m by 5m and can also easily be installed into any existing playground.

When designing inclusive playgrounds, ‘invisible disabilities’ such as Autism or any sensory processing disorders often get overlooked. These children and their parents/guardians often need a dedicated place to regain focus and control. It’s important to locate the Quiet Grove as far away from the rest of the play equipment as possible and out of the main traffic areas to ensure a calming environment.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC), an estimated 164,000 Australians had autism in 2015 (ABS 2016). This represented an overall prevalence rate of 0.7 percent, or about 1 in 150 people. The number of people with autism in Australia has increased considerably in recent years, up from an estimated 64,400 people in 2009 (ABS 2014), making Autism the second most common primary disability in Australia.

EXCITING NEW EQUIPMENT COMING SOON….

Uniquely designed by Cemer, the Tetrawood will be sure to thrill climbers of all ages, as they navigate through a structure never seen before!

With five access points, users can choose to conquer the Tetrawood and climb to the very top or chill out with their friends on the pod below.

Best described as unstructured play, this new piece of equipment has no defined entry and exit points or pre-defined ways in which the equipment should be used. Unstructured play allows users to make their own decisions about how they would like to use the equipment, which is generally determined by users’ own personal confidence and physical ability levels. As each individual user develops both physically and emotionally throughout the year, the way in which the equipment is used also develops and changes.

Nightcliff Foreshore Exercise Stations

In conjunction with our NT distributor, Hardy Landscaping, we are proud to have recently delivered a series of 6 Fitness Stations along the beautiful Nightcliff Foreshore, in Darwin.

Featuring our premium Denfit fitness equipment, these stations encourage the local community to get fit, with their attractive and-to-use designs.

Austek Play offers a complete range of outdoor static, dynamic and calisthenic fitness equipment – our Denfit equipment is vandal resistant and each unit has a fresh and modern design.

Nightcliff Foreshore features exercise stations spread along Casuarina Drive between Sunset Park and the Rapid Creek footbridge. The stations are close to toilets, BBQs, water bubblers, shared paths and parking.

THE IMPORTANCE OF INCLUSIVE PLAY

Think beyond accessibility needs, so everyone can experience the joys of play.

Inclusivity means giving everyone the chance to play, whether they have learning disabilities, visual or physical impairments or other conditions. This could mean designing for step-free access, proving areas of shelter and shade, or even providing spaces for service animals. Whatever your needs and constraints, Austek Play can work with you to maximise the inclusive value of your play space.

Austek Play is proud to be fully committed to providing play areas which can be enjoyed by all. Our most popular products for inclusive play provide a rich range of physical, sensory and social play values.

Click here to view our range of Inclusive equipment.

Themed play equipment ignites children’s imagination!

Austek Play offers an expansive range of fully customisable themed-play equipment,  bringing your playground to life! From Sea to Space, here’s a quick snapshot of what themed playground options we offer. Our custom themed playgrounds encourage social interaction and children to use their imagination and nurture their curiosity while supporting sensory development. Click here to view our range.

EXCITING NEW RANGE AVAILABLE

With the two levels of difficulty featured in all our obstacles, adults and children can take part, practice, improve their skills and ultimately compete with a friend.

  • Each obstacle offers two colour coded tracks: the red track offers a higher level of difficulty and the green track provides an easier route.
  • 4 different combinations as standard: from small to extra-large, choose the size that suits you.
  • 15 standard obstacles: from crawling, swinging and climbing to jumping and balancing, choose the obstacles you want and create your own track.
  • Part of a modular system: can be integrated into the existing NRG+ system, which is coming later in the year.

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Feature Playground

The Nature Based Playground at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens is an iconic destination parkland, appealing to users of all abilities and ages. In close collaboration with Council, Austek Play created an innovative and considered space that is complimentary to the natural setting, with the layout deliberately designed to incorporate inclusivity and accessibility.

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