Going green the best for special needs

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Landscape and Human Health Laboratory (LHHL) based at the University of Illinois in the US believes activities in green settings can reduce children’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. The LHHL first surveyed a cross-section of parents of children with ADHD.

The parents said that their children enjoyed leisure activities such as reading, as well as more robust exercise, more outdoors. The LHHL then tested children with ADHD in a controlled setting, after they had walked in one of three environments that differed from one another in terms of greenery: a park, a suburban neighbourhood and a downtown area.

The findings confirmed that the attention span of children with ADHD improved after spending time in more natural settings. The obvious outcome of the study was that the LHHL recommends that schools ‘branch out’ to create outdoor classrooms for everyday use.

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