November 20, 2019
Mulitz Theater
79 p.m.
Free and open to the public! 

The Decline of Play Outdoors – And the Rise in Sensory Issues explores the risks, challenges, and the importance of unrestricted outdoor play.

Angela Hanscom, author of Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, will discuss how the decrease in time and space for children to move and play outdoors relates to the simultaneous rise we are seeing in the number of children presenting with sensory and motor deficits. Nationwide, classroom teachers are observing more and more children having trouble with attention, falling out of their seats in school, increased clumsiness, and even aggressiveness with games like tag on the playground. 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—Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help children thrive in outdoor environments using a therapeutic approach to nature play.

While this event is free and open to the public we ask that you register online for planning purposes. Thank you!

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  • About Angela Hanscom

    Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook, an internationally praised nature-based program for children in the U.S., Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. The author of Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, Angela has been featured on the Children & Nature Network, Huffington Post, MindShift,, NPR’s Education blog, the DIY Network, The Jerusalem Post, Times of India, Johnson & Johnson TEDx Talks, and is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post Answer Sheet.
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