The Decline of Outdoor Play in Children – And the Rise of Sensory Issues

When: January 16, 2021, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
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As we continue to decrease children’s time and space to move and play outdoors, especially during the cold winter months, 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 body, mind, 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 in all weather conditions using a therapeutic approach to nature play. 

We will meet via a Zoom webinar at this link:
Zoom password: nature

Registration is not required, but those who register will receive information about the event before and after programming.

Meet our guest

Head shot of Angela HanscomAngela J. Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook — an award-winning developmental and nature-based program that has gained international popularity. She is also the author of Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Hanscom has also been a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and was the recent recipient of the SBA Small Business of the Year award in 2019.


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