Outside the Box Therapy, a non-profit offering nature based therapy in Louisville, Ky., is partnering with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to offer an inclusive play group for children ages 6-10 years old at Playcosystem, Bernheim ‘s new nature playground, starting in September.
Outdoor play is essential for all children, but some need support to be successful — whether that is because of difficulty with motor skills, self regulation, attention, social skills or any other area of development. Outside the Box provides structured therapeutic groups led by licensed professionals to help children gain the benefits of learning, playing and growing in nature. Children are matched with peers of similar ages and developmental levels, and activities will focus on building social skills, self regulation, and coordination. Play groups will also center around mindfulness and connecting with nature, to build emotional regulation and resilience.
Outside the Box Therapy’s new Nature Play Group at Bernheim will help children:
Improve self regulation and emotional regulation skills, using curriculum adapted from the Zones of Regulation program
Improve social skills with cooperative activities with peers
Improve attention/focus with age appropriate mindfulness strategies
Use play based gross motor and fine motor activities throughout
Have FUN playing outside with friends!
Who: Children ages 6-10 years old. Children must be able to stay with the group in an open area and follow directions related to safety with minimal assistance. Trained volunteers will be present to keep the adult:child ratio to 1:2 minimum.
When: Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm, September 14- October 19
Where: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest: 2075 Clermont Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
Cost: $200 per child for all 6 sessions. Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. Please contact Emily Moscoe, OTR/L at email@example.com or call 502-694-0878 for more information on financial assistance.
Space is limited. Learn more about the program and register here.