Nature as Therapy: Using the Great Outdoors as a Therapeutic and Educational Tool
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Nature as Therapy: Using the Great Outdoors as a Therapeutic and Educational Tool (Book)
by Jessica Roost
Take your therapeutic practice with children & young people out into nature
Our children are living with more anxiety, attention deficit disorders, and other mental and physical health problems than ever before. What happens if we alter the indoor setting of the typical educational or therapeutic environment and move it outside? What if we allow children to walk through the woods, contemplate a project and then complete the task using materials from nature? Would it be simpler for them to focus without the overwhelming stimuli they are bombarded with while indoors? Would the natural materials available inspire their creativity?
‘Nature as Therapy’ suggests that the outdoors may be the most effective classroom, especially for children who have experienced trauma or who are struggling with attention deficit disorder or other barriers to learning.
The educational and therapeutic environments are most commonly contained within a brick and mortar structure. The tools most often utilized in these environments are man-made, have a specific purpose and guide the child in a specific direction. There is little room for creativity, imagination and flexibility. Children are required to “produce and achieve”.
In these typical environments, they can become anxious and develop more mental and physical health problems than ever before. What happens if we alter this scene?
Is it possible that it would be easier for you to access your emotional memories when the scientifically proven relaxation properties of nature take effect?
Would it be simpler to focus on the task at hand without the overwhelming stimuli that we are bombarded with every day while indoors?
‘Nature as Therapy’ explores these questions and more. Join us on a journey to reconnect our children with nature, helping them achieve their highest potential physically, academically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Paperback: 75 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2018)
Product Dimensions: 280 x 215 x 52 mm
Shipping Weight: 256 gm (plus packaging)
Our SALE Price: $42.95* (Book)
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About the Author:
Jessica Roost is an occupational therapist specializing in pediatric therapy. She received her master’s degree from Western Michigan University and has worked in school, outpatient and residential settings. Jessica currently serves as co-director for Growing Roots of Kent County, Michigan, and organization with the mission of providing a therapeutic, nature-based learning and living facility that allows all individuals to live a meaningful, satisfying life.
In this guide, Jessica will explore these questions and more. Join us on a journey to reconnect our children with nature, helping them achieve their highest potential physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
"Five Stars" - by Emily Klooster: "Simple, Effective Approach to Learning"
"This guide was refreshing to read. I loved how the tips were no-cost or low-cost, and how Jessica offered ways to customize the suggested approaches for teachers working in urban environments. Our schools would do well to adopt many of these ideas, especially for kids experiencing learning challenges like ADHD and post-trauma symptoms. Highly recommend!"