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In this presentation, playground safety expert, Dr. Lisa Thorsen, discusses the causes of playground injuries and how they can be prevented. Topics include Playground surface material and equipment, as well as the components of supervision that are needed to keep children safe on the playground.
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CLE PRESENTATION:Playground Safety

In 2013 Dr. Lisa Thorsen presented on the topic of playground injuries and how they can be prevented. Topics covered included Playground surface material and equipment, as well as, the components of supervision that are needed to keep children safe on the playground.

Playground safety surfacing material

  • Types
  • Depths needed to prevent injury

Playground equipment

  • Age appropriate equipment
  • Separation of playgrounds for age groups

Playground Maintenance

  • Equipment
  • Surfacing material
  • Responsibility and what it looks like in schools/parks

Supervision

  • What supervision looks like on a playground and how that differs from classroom supervision
  • Necessity of training
  • Playground supervision plans
  • Emergency Response

 

Featured Expert

Lisa A. Thorsen, Ed.D., C.R.C., C.P.S.I.

Lisa Thorsen is an expert who specializes in the investigation of accidents and injuries involving educational, day care, rehabilitation and eldercare facilities. She evaluates the adequacy of administrative, procedural and safety issues related to injuries at organizationally based facilities. She has nearly 30 years experience working in, with, or administering care facilities and programs and is an expert in operations and compliance for the care and safety of children and adults, including individuals with disabilities, in public and private facilities and programs.