Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children Author Angela J. Hanscom
ISBN-10 1626253730
ISBN-13 9781626253735
Year 2016-04-22
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher New Harbinger Publications
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Angela Hanscom is a powerful voice for balance Richard Louv author of Last Child in the Woods In this important book a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for childrens cognitive development and growth and offers tons of fun engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy balanced and resilient adults Todays kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television video games and computer screens But more and more studies show that children need rough and tumble outdoor play in order to develop their sensory motor and executive functions Disturbingly a lack of movement has been shown to lead to a number of health and cognitive difficulties such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD emotion regulation and sensory processing issues and aggressiveness at school recess break So how can you ensure your child is fully engaging their body mind and all of their senses Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook programthat nature is the ultimate sensory experience and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basisauthor Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help your child thrive even if you live in an urban environment Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills climbing trees or spinning in circles just for fun Weve taken away merry go rounds shortened the length of swings and done away with teeter totters to keep children safe Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments With this book youll discover little things you can do anytime anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind body and spirit

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Seasons of Play

Seasons of Play Author Rusty Keeler
ISBN-10 9780876596135
Release 2016-11-16
Pages 216