You guys are in for a treat today! I seriously can’t tell you enough about how excited I am for this interview that you are about to hear. The importance of outdoor play is so so very important! Listen in to hear all of the benefits of outdoor play.
The truth is, our kids are not getting outside nearly enough and it is affecting them more than many of us recognize. When it comes to our children with Autism and sensory difficulties, I honestly think that getting them outside is even more important!
This is a must listen and the best part is that getting our kids outside more is totally doable. Thinking of how our kids can play and spend more time outside is the perfect sensory diet.
I love this quote by Alfred Wainwright, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”. When I heard this quote, it really made me realize that outdoor play could be a year-round thing. That no matter what part of the country you live in or what season it is, getting outside could be a real possibility. That we didn’t just have to wait for the weather to be perfect.
Long story short, now is the perfect time to understand all of the benefits of getting outdoors and to start making it happen.
Angela 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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Also check out her Ted talk at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXLaoDucF0k
Candice Curtis is a licensed Occupational Therapist and the founder of Integrate Family. She is passionate about helping and empowering parents and their children. Candice has advanced postgraduate training in theory, assessment, interpretation and treatment in Ayers Sensory Integration. She is a Certified Autism Specialist with expertise in sensory processing, coordination disorders, learning disorders and executive functioning. Candice also has 2 boys of her own at home, one of which is Autistic. Learn more about her here.