Practice to make a difference.

Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs: Engaging with Nature to Combat Anxiety, Promote Sensory Integration and Build Social Skills

A garden or nature setting presents the perfect opportunity for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and special needs to learn, play and strengthen body and mind. This book empowers teachers and parents with little gardening know-how to get outside and use nature to motivate young learners. Using a mindfulness approach, Natasha Etherington presents a simple gardening program that offers learning experiences beyond those a special needs student can gain within the classroom. The book outlines the many positive physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional and social benefits of getting out into the garden and provides specially adapted gardening activities for a variety of needs, including those with developmental disabilities and behavioural difficulties, as well as wheelchair users. With a focus on the therapeutic potential of nature, the book shows that gardening can help reduce feelings of anxiety, provide an outlet for physical aggression, build self-esteem through the nurturing of plants and much more. With this practical program, teachers and parents can easily adopt gardening activities into their schedules and enjoy the benefits of introducing children with special needs to nature and the rhythms of the seasons.

Practical introduction to using gardening with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and special needs Easy-to-implement and requires no prior gardening experience

Activity ideas cater for a variety of needs and teach valuable social, emotional and sensory skills Includes safety tips throughout and covers poisonous plants and allergies

Contents:

  • Acknowledgements.
  • 1. Introduction.
  • 2. Mindfulness Approach.
  • 3. Why Dig?
  • 4. Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 5. Anxiety, Anger and Depression.
  •  6. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • 7. Developmental Disability.
  • 8. Wheelchair Users.
  • 9. Poisonous Plants.
  • 10. Gardens for Children who Suffer from Asthma and Allergies.
  • 11. Conclusion.
  • Appendix. Benefits of Horticultural Therapy as Listed in AHTA Position Paper. Risk Assessment. Relaxation/Visualization Exercise for Deep Breathing. Recommended Resources.

Author Bio:

Natasha Etherington is a horticultural therapist and volunteer master gardener. She designs gardens and adapts horticultural activities to enable people with barriers to enjoy the experience of gardening. Her therapeutic garden design at Pitt Meadows Elementary School won the 2010 Accessibility and Leisure and Recreation Award from the City of Maple Ridge. She lives in British Columbia, Canada with her husband Jason and two children

Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs: Engaging with Nature to Combat Anxiety, Promote Sensory Integration and Build Social Skills

Author: Natasha Etherington

$30.99 Add to Cart

Customers who Purchased this item also purchased

  • Early Intervention with Multi-Risk Families: An Integrative Approach

    Early Intervention with Multi-Risk Families: An Integrative Approach

    by Sarah Landy and Rosanne Menna

    Helping families who live in environments with multiple risk factors - including poverty, domestic violence, teen parenthood, mental illness, and substance abuse - requires that professionals and paraprofessionals work together to provide the best possible interventions. This much-needed book shows service providers how to help these multi-risk families by using an integrative model that brings together the most effective intervention techniques from a variety of theoretical approaches, parenting strategies, and innovative programs. Professionals will learn how to effectively engage parents if they are resistant to intervention, and they'll discover specific, practical... More info

    $94.00 Add to Cart
  • Children's Voice in Family Therapy: Making sure the child's voice in family therapy is heard.

    Children's Voice in Family Therapy: Making sure the child's voice in family therapy is heard.

    by Carole Gammer

    Presenting a wide range of practical interventions, including art, video, and play therapy, Carole Gammer provides a comprehensive set of tools to use with children who are part of a family in therapy. Unlike many books on family therapy, this one places children's voices and experiences at the forefront. *Contents:* Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 – Thinking about the Family *Part 1 – Techniques* Chapter 2 – Dramatization techniques Chapter 3 – Metaphor techniques Chapter 4 – Systemic art techniques Chapter 5 – Externalization Chapter 6 – Setting limits Chapter 7 –... More info

    $50.95 Add to Cart
  • Learning About Friendship: Stories to Support Social Skills Training with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

    Learning About Friendship: Stories to Support Social Skills Training with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

    by K I Al-Ghani

    Making friends can be a challenge for all children, but those on the autism spectrum, for a variety of reasons encounter difficulties.  This collection of ten fully illustrated stories explores friendship issues encountered by children on the ASD spectrum aged four to eight and looks at how they can be tackle these challenges. Key skill areas are addressed, including sharing, taking turns, and issues of winning and losing, jealousy, personal space, tact and diplomacy, and defining friendship are covered in these stories. The lively and entertaining stories depersonalise issues, allowing children to see situations from the perspective... More info

    $28.99 Add to Cart