Our goal at Kāpiti Coast District Council is to create playgrounds that are fun, exciting and accessible, and we are really proud of what we have achieved so far.
As part of this we have developed communication boards to help everyone be part of the conversation. The boards are a form of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) that non-speaking people use to communicate. We have designed these boards to support non-speaking tamariki and whānau in their play.
The communication boards were developed with advice from Talklink Trust, and in consultation with our Disability Advisory Group, a mana whenua translator, speech therapists, and parents of non-speaking rangitahi. The core boards were designed to aid communication at each play space, so some have different elements based on the playground facilities and surroundings.
We have made our communication boards available to download directly, so you can use them wherever you are. These boards are unique to the type of play each park offers, see:
- Campbell Park – Paekākāriki
- Haruātai Park – Ōtaki
- Lorna Irene Drive Reserve – Raumati South
- Marine Gardens – Raumati Beach
- Mazengarb Reserve – Paraparaumu
- Maclean Park – Paraparaumu Beach
- Paraparaumu Domain
If you would like to develop similar resources for your playgrounds or organisations, contact Talklink Trust on 0800 825 554 or visit their website to see the range of services they offer: https://talklink.org.nz