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There are lots of benefits of gardening for special needs such as improved motor skills, enhanced creativity, increased social skills and improved self-confidence. Gardening also reduces stress and helps children cope with anxiety and frustration.
Gardening is educational and develops new work skills including: Responsibility– from caring for plants. Understanding– as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants) Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown.
BENEFITS OF GARDENING
Gardening helps enhance well-being, improve dexterity, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve relaxation and satisfaction; it also provides social entertainment for those who like to garden in groups, or with friends
Community Gardens Can Help Young Adults with Special Needs
1. Physical Development
A child’s strength and dexterity can be developed when participating in a community garden.
2. Cognitive Development
Results included enhanced communication skills and improved use of vocabulary. Another study on children suffering ADHD found that outdoor exposure (i.e. participating in a community garden) enhanced their ability to concentrate. (finding by Royal Horticultural Foundation (RHF) in the UK)
3. Social Development
Disabled Young Adults are often left out of many social situations. By bringing all children together in a community farming program you create an environment that fosters social interaction for all.
Some gardens are beautiful in their chaos, but gardens for special needs individuals should be set up in a more methodical way. The design must be organized and clear to the kids who are using and visiting the garden. For example, make it easy for kids to find the tools and garden supplies without a lot of prompting or searching, We have tried to map out the beds and plants in a way Young Adults can easily follow, instead of a scattering them throughout the property.
We have the space and dedicated staff, all that we need now, is your participation -PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS YOUNG ADULT.