To maintain the safety and comfort of our inclusive space, we ask parents to agree to these 8 statements before they commit to joining us.
1. I agree to let my child to play freely as they wish in the space.
Our space has few enforced rules to inspire free play. This means your child and other children are free to engage in play however they’d like. This includes climbing up the slide, standing on the light table, or other “unconventional” styles of play with our toys and equipment.
The only thing we ask parents to enforce is:
- If your child puts an item in their mouth, put it in a wall-mounted bin to be cleaned.
- If your child is climbing or swinging, please keep an eye on them or be close.
- If your child is physically or verbally hurting another child, please move them to a safe location away from other children.
2. I agree to stay nearby my child to maintain their safety when playing.
3. I agree to ask for help if I'm struggling with my child and can't calm them.
4. I agree to try out supportive strategies (quiet room, weighted blanket, active problem solving) when my child is upset/stressed.
We’ve created a safe container for challenging experiences if/when they arise. Please know no child will be kicked out or reprimanded by us when they’re experiencing challenging behaviors or emotions. We do our best to understand the reason behind this behavior and seek out solutions in the moment.
- If your child appears upset, overwhelmed, or dysregulated, you are welcome to try these suggested activities in our facility:
- Bring your child to the quiet sensory room for a break ii. Put your child on the swing or rocking chair, and use the weighted blanket draped over their body.
- Use our feelings chart on nearby walls to support your child in expressing how they feel.
- Come to the front desk for help if you want more assistance
- If you feel that another person’s child is engaging in unsafe or upsetting behavior, please come to the front desk to let us know. All of our staff are trained in how to support neurodivergent children and maintain safe environments
5. I agree to use my own calming techniques if I feel stressed or afraid when at SPL.
Our play space is mixed ages. We believe children can develop meaningful relationships with children younger, older, or the same age as them! If you are worried about your child’s safety when older children are present, please use the front play area. This area is considered a safe space for younger children in case older children want to be active in the larger space. Please move you and your child to a safer location, or let us know at the front desk your concerns.
6. I agree to stay inquisitive as to why other people's children behave differently than my child.
7. I agree to learn about disabilities and differences that my child may or may not have.
Our play space welcomes both neurotypical and neurodivergent children. This means you might meet children who are ‘spirited,’ diagnosed with disabilities or delays such as autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, language delay, global developmental delay, etc. We strongly believe in the value and benefit of an inclusive space that welcomes all children.
We are here to support parent’s education around disability and neurodivergent identities! Please reach out to the front desk if you have any questions. While we don’t share other people’s diagnoses or discuss their individual identities, we are able to broadly speak to general concepts relating to disability.
8. I agree to let the front desk know of any physical or sensory accommodations my family needs to be comfortable.
If you or your child need additional accommodations, please let us know via email or in person. We have an anonymous mailbox in the back of the space for feedback or concerns you have for us, too! Some examples of accommodations include:
- Ambience: softer lighting, quieter music, song requests, music turned off
- Communication: use of communication boards throughout the space, extra time for processing, using paper/pen to communicate
- Sensory: access to sensory tools, odorless cleaning agents, designated sensory friendly seating areas