Outdoor activities and Autism: Positive outcomes in wellbeing and empowerment from using outdoor activities as a paedagogical tool in the work with children and adolescents

Frederik Glerup

Center for Specialpædagogiske Børnetilbud - CSB, Aarhus

I´ve been a social educator for 12 years, specialized in health and sports. Since 2007 I have been working at Heimdal, a part of Center for Special Needs in Aarhus. I have been working for 6 years as a social educator at Heimdals residential home, with children and adolescents with autism and or ADHD. Here I were motivating the children to do outdoor activities, but also coordinating tours with other departments. In 2013 I became head of the Heimdal respite department, where we have about 50 children and adolescents with autism and or ADHD, in respite. I still coordinate outdoor and motivate staff to do outdoor activities. In 2013 I became part of a project implementing experiential learning activities in our outdoor program. Now we are making courses for staff, so that they can implement experiential learning activities in their profession.

Abstract

Research on the benefits of interacting with nature, indicate that it is stress reducing. We have been able to document a significant decrease in both frequency and intensity of conflicts within residents as well as between... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

  1. Frederik Glerup (Center for Specialpædagogiske Børnetilbud - CSB, Aarhus)

Topic Area

Topics: Practice

Session

V7 » Oral Posters: Comorbidities; mental health and wellbeing; access to healthcare IV (11:40 - Saturday, 17th September, Moorfoot Room)