Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Springtime Garden

It really is spring. At least the calendar says so. The forecast for snow later this week isn't in agreement. But I know spring really will get here. And that means time to work in the garden!

For those of us who work with kids on the autism spectrum, gardening can offer some unique and fun learning opportunities. It doesn't matter if the garden is outdoors in a nice gardening space or just some containers filled with flowers, herbs and/or vegetables.

One interesting way to approach gardening is to create a sensory garden. Caitlin Wray of Welcome to Normal recently wrote a post on just that topic. Her post was a guest column over at Hartley's Life With 3 Boys.

Caitlin's post provides some excellent suggestions for plantings that would help children explore all 8 senses - touch, vestibular, sight, smell, sound, proprioceptive, interoceptive, and of course, taste. The kids we work with can all use practice in exploring those senses. So check out Caitlin's post today!

By the way, both Welcome to Normal and Hartley's Life With 3 Boys are terrific blogs! So make sure you explore more than just that one post.

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