The Great Outdoors is Excellent Therapy For Kids with Learning Difficulties

Overall, learning difficulties can be explained as the chronic difficulty to spell, read, write and calculate.

Today, kids with learning difficulties are so common even at an extremely young age. Coping up with the school’s activities is an imminent danger for them. Thus, they have become a prime target for peer rejection, which eventually leads to low self-esteem.

However, this does not imply that they have sub-normal intelligence. If subjected to proper treatment and therapy, then they might as well turn out to be the most intelligent group ever.

This condition comes in many forms, some which include:

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

It’s a condition where the brain has difficulties receiving and responding to content that comes in through the senses such as touch, hearing or taste.

In most cases, those who develop this condition, especially children, will exhibit unique traits such as being oversensitive to things in their environment, being uncoordinated, bumping into things, amongst other traits. Adults too are prone to this.

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

This constitutes an auditory condition where one is unable to process the meaning of sound. It’s often present right from early childhood, to the time one becomes older, where for some, it becomes extremely complex to decode information.

What usually happens is that the child can clearly hear the sounds perfectly although they can’t process the meaning.

Very often, the condition will lead to the deterioration of behavior, which is entirely due to poor expression and reception. As a result, children will become disconnected from both people and the environment due to the discouragements and frustrations arising from the misunderstandings.

But these do not sum up everything on kids with learning difficulties. In fact, we have many more other serious conditions such as autism, hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, language difficulties, aphasia, name them, which in most cases have concurrent problems with auditory processing disorder. But this shouldn’t worry you anymore since a solution, a really better solution exists.

Natural treatments

Natural treatments designed to overcome these conditions have clearly shown to bear positive implications on the affected children.

The treatment aims at helping the child get better at things they are not good at and at the same time assists them to get used to things that are hard for them to tolerate. This procedure is normally referred to as sensory integration.

Of course, a child’s individual needs will have to be assessed first.

Thereafter, the child is usually challenged in a fun and playful way so that he/she can respond appropriately and be able to exhibit normal functioning.

The therapy comes in many forms, including Developmental, Relationship-based (DIR) model and Individual difference.

Parents should, for instance, spend about 20 minutes in multiple sessions of play with their child. In addition, it is advised that the parent should follow the child’s lead irrespective of the activity.

The great outdoors can be an excellent natural therapy for kids

One of the best natural therapies can be as easy as spending less time on internet or TV and choosing to be among nature and experience what the world wants all of us to see instead.

A friend of mine who happens to have an intelligent daughter with SPD tell me how her daughter absolutely finds it exhilarating being around horses. She gets so inspired and elated to the point that she entirely worships them. Being along nature is a great way for kids to learn naturally through experience and it’s also relaxing, calming and good for the souls of parents too.

So please don’t hesitate to go outside today. The beauty of nature will never let you down.