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Gardening with Special Needs Kids…
By on April 22nd, 2011

Gardening can be an excellent activity for children with disabilities.

Caring for their own section of the garden can give children a great feeling of accomplishment as they watch their plants grow and change.

The benefits of gardening for children include:

  • Improvement in fine and gross motor skills
  • Improved social skills
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Enhanced sensory perception and creativity

Gardening can be made easy and fun for children of all abilities by keeping mind a few things:

  • Have drinks and snacks available
  • Provide small or child-sized tools for better grip
  • Use larger seeds for easier handling; place smaller seeds into a spice jar and sprinkle for easier planting
  • Allow for frequent rest breaks
  • Plant plants that grow quickly and easily
  • Modify the garden using raised beds, containers or trellis to make gardening easier for a child with special needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by D Sharon Pruitt

 

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