With Internationally Acclaimed Angela Hanscom, Author of Balanced and Barefoot
Workshop Opening and Keynote Presentation: The Decline of Play Outdoors – And the Rise in Sensory Issues
As we continue to decrease children’s time and space to move and play outdoors, we are seeing a simultaneous rise in the number of children that are presenting with sensory and motor deficits. At the same time, classroom teachers are observing more and more children having trouble with attention, falling out of their seats in school, increased clumsiness, and even aggressiveness with games like tag on the playground. So, how can we reverse this alarming trend of sensory and motor issues in children? How can we ensure that children are fully engaging their bodies, minds, and all of their senses? Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program - that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis - Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help children thrive in outdoor environments using a therapeutic approach to nature play.
Morning Workshop: Unveiling the Therapeutic Potential of Outdoor Play
Participants will get the opportunity to engage in a TimberNook experience first-hand. Afterward they will learn how to analyze the therapeutic components of outdoor play – allowing participants to comprehend the impact outdoor play has on child development at a deeper level.
Afternoon Workshop Free Play: How to Inspire Kids to Play Independently
This workshop will discuss the environment and its critical role in inspiring creative play experiences for children. Participants will learn the “key ingredients” that go into preparing outdoor settings that foster independent play in both the home and school environment.
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