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Maria Prellwitz
Maria Prellwitz

Maria Prellwitz

Associate Professor, International Coordinator
Luleå University of Technology
Occupational therapy
Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department of Health, Education and Technology
+46 (0)920 493861
S117 Luleå
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Research project: Playgrounds accessibility and usability for children with different abilities

To build playgrounds from official rules and guidelines is a first step towards making this environment accessible however play is also a social experience and therefore it is not enough just to remove the physical barriers. Playgrounds need to be play areas that also improves social inclusion. If a playground provides physical access without creating social access this could actually emphasize a child’s disabilities rather than their capabilities. This makes it even more important to listen to children with disabilities and to find out how to make playgrounds that are physical accessible and that promotes social interaction. Please see the website below:

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Article in journal

Irish Schoolyards: Teacher’s Experiences of Their Practices and Children’s Play-“It’s Not as Straight Forward as We Think” (2023)

Bergin. M, Boyle. B, Lilja. M, Prellwitz. M
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention
Article in journal

Physio- and Occupational Therapists View of the Place of Play in Re/habilitation: A Swedish Perspective (2023)

Nordström. B, Lynch. H, Prellwitz. M
International journal of disability, development and education, Vol. 70, nr. 2, s. 228-239
Article in journal

COPILOT – Development and Implementation of International Cooperative Online Intercultural Learning (2022)

Todorova. L, Fattinger. E, Url. E, Vandemaele. S, Pott. U, Strebel. H, et al.
Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, Vol. 6, nr. 2
Article in journal

Designing inclusive playgrounds in Switzerland: why is it so complex? (2022)

Wenger. I, Prellwitz. M, Lundström. U, Lynch. H, Schulze. C
Children's Geographies, s. 1-15
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A pilot study of children and parents experiences of the use of a new assistive device (2021)

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Nordström. B, Prellwitz. M
Assistive technology, Vol. 33, nr. 5, s. 238-245