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Webinar — Designing For Inclusive Play

Approved course for LA CES credits Are you striving to get this utimate inclusive design? With a modest capital investment, and nominal maintenance costs, Splashpads have become the ideal solution for both elected officials and recreation leaders. The Splashpad – based on sustainable and inclusive design principles has given way to creating quality play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. Monica Slanik, BSc.,OT, McGill University, will present practical tips to make sure your Splashpad design is a success. … Continue reading

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Faces

Facial expressions are an important channel of nonverbal communication.
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I study faces. Expressions, reactions, emotions – I love to see if I can read the face and if it matches or betrays the situation. My wife is constantly nudging me, “You’re staring. Why are you always staring at people?” I can’t help it, I find it fascinating. When celebrities or people of public interest show up on television shows and they have been embarrassed or otherwise impacted by something recently I can’t take my eyes off their faces. General Petraeus, Monica Lewinski, Woody Allen, … Continue reading

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Cooperation and Competition: Evil Twins

It suddenly struck me that competition can be the evil twin to cooperation. I don’t really know what got me thinking about this; maybe just the state of affairs in the world, from interaction between nations of the world to bad behavior by parents, coaches and sometimes participants in youth sports. It seems to me there is a fine line between the inclusive concept of cooperation and the exclusive nature of competition. When the line is crossed from the former … Continue reading

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A Look At UV Water Treatment

Spas are a favorite water pastime and present in many recreational aquatic facilities, especially those with that offer hydrotherapy treatment.  However, the warm water is also a breeding center for many water-borne micro-organisms. And the warm water has more evaporation than drinking water thereby making the halogen treatment more volatile. Today, Ultraviolet water treatment for spas is gaining use more and more as a valid alternative for water treatment in recreational spa facilities as it adds NOTHING to the water … Continue reading

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Playground Safety Do’s And Don’ts

No one begins in the field of playground safety as an “expert”, but oftentimes that’s what it takes  to correctly identify ALL of the hazards on a playground. I often cite this comparison; you’re having a baby and need to choose a doctor to deliver it. Your choices are a doctor who has delivered thousands of babies and one who has delivered none, or just a few. I don’t know about you, but I’m going with doc with the vast … Continue reading

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