Nature is the best way to nurture young people with Learning Disabilities
The potential for nature to foster independence is particularly beneficial for young people with learning disabilities, according to Andrew Colley, lecturer in special education at the Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London. “SEN students have often learned helplessness and passivity because, consciously or not, we as practitioners exert a huge amount of control and [going outdoors] forces us to relinquish that,” he explains. “Giving SEN students that feeling of space, and the sensory stimulation that comes with being outdoors, is absolutely vital.”
Outdoor activity requires young people to adapt to unpredictable weather and the changing seasons, and this can be another positive challenge. “The ability to try and relate to situations is a real challenge for children on the autism spectrum, and so is being flexible with their view of order, timescales and routine; being outdoors challenges this,” says Dr John Crosbie, former director of UK charity the Calvert Trust.
We would like to thank Enjoolata for funding this programme and One Garden for their support.
Programmes typically run for 3 to 5 weeks and each session is for 2 hours plus.
In each session, activities might include a nature walk, conservation work or gardening. This is usually combined with a creative activity such as dyeing cloth with foraged plant dyes, making ink from oak wasp galls, painting, mosaicing, lino-cutting, modelling with air dry clay and cooking on an open fire.
“It’s helped me feel more happy and more confident in myself”
“It has helped me to relax and make friends. It was very helpful, thank you so much“
“I am very grateful to this project for doing amazing work”
… quotes from young people who have attended our programmes.
PRICE: This programme is free of charge
DATE: Sunday 12th February to Sunday 26th February 2023
TIME: 1.45pm to 3.45pm
LOCATION: ‘The Plot’, Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park, Brighton, BN1 9PZ (78 bus). Sorry but this location is not suitable for WHEELCHAIR ACCESS.
If the weather is poor, we will move to an indoor space at the near by One Garden.
Please complete our Online Booking Form to book a place.
Professionals – please complete our online Referral Form for enquires.
If you would like any further information then please do call us on 01273 230102 or email email@example.com
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