Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children
ISBN: 1626253730
EAN13: 9781626253735
Language: English
Publication Date: Apr 22, 2016
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 8.98" L x 6.06" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

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 children's cognitive development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.


Today's 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 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--author Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help your child Read More chevron_right

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