Benefits of Connecting with Nature

1. Visual stimulation – Being outside improves their understanding of what is around them and helps them feel more comfortable with their surroundings

2. Expand Attention Span – Things outside are constantly changing, stimulating their engagement & attention.

3. Vitamin D – Getting outside is good for everyone, especially those of us in Alaska lacking Vitamin D in the winter.

4. Develop Gross Motor Skills – Children need to develop gross motor skills before they can tune their fine motor skills. Outside activities like jumping, climbing, and walking help with this.

5. Physical Activity – Autistic children have a higher risk of obesity so it’s important to encourage physical activity. Outdoor play in a safe environment naturally creates opportunities for exercise.

6. Cognitive, Mental, Social, and Emotional development – Outdoor play encourages imagination and gives opportunities to observe, learn and concentrate.