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EQUITY
Studies have shown that time spent
in nature can raise morale, sociability
and mental clarity.
The Mental and Therapeutic Benefits
of Nature for Children With Autism
Spectrum Disorder
By Tim Herd, CPRE
W
hether it's simply walking in a park, gardening, biking,
kayaking, wildlife watching or even just sitting with a view
of green space, nature is good for what ails us.
Our physical, mental and emotional health is surprisingly
codependent on interactions with our natural environment. Regular exposure
delivers restorative benefits; a lack of it brings detrimental consequences.
In his book, Last Child in the Woods,
author Richard Louv describes the
effects of what he called " naturedeficit
disorder, " which is
a
distressing bundle of physical and
emotional afflictions from the lack of
personal interaction with nature -
like low self-esteem, social anxieties,
obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
And he's not a lone prophet crying
in the wilderness - a growing
body of worldwide research backs
him up.
Such studies have shown that
time spent in nature can raise our
morale, sociability
and mental
clarity. It can reduce the effects of
stress, anxiety, attention deficit disorder
behaviors and more.
For children with Autism Spectrum
Disorder (ASD), research
shows that engagement with nature
provides sensory motor skill, emotional
and social benefits. Howev24
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er, related issues - like sensory
challenges, phobias, inappropriate
behaviors and safety concerns -
may make the adventure a bit harder
than just your average walk in
the park. Of course, each child's
strengths and needs vary, but psychologists
say nature exposure can
be an effective intervention strategy.
Beyond its calming attributes for
children with ASD, nature also can
be an exciting place to focus their
exceptional powers of observation.
The same single-mindedness that
can master a narrow, arcane topic
may also find fascination in the feel
of a breeze, the ripples in a puddle,
the rhythm of a katydid (a bush
cricket), the colors in a rainbow, the

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