As kids spend less and less time playing outdoors, more and more are having trouble paying attention. A staggering 1 in 20 children today suffer from attention issues that get in the way of their classroom learning.
LeAnne Cantrell, a mother of a son with autism, decided to do something about this disturbing trend, and it started with a playground. But not just any playground. Based on research from a Temple University study, Cantrell set about designing a pilot “sensory yard” at Pontchartrain Elementary School in Mandeville, La.
Key features include:
Cantrell is one parent who understands that making time for outdoor play doesn’t detract from learning. Quite the opposite, in fact. Not only can children learn from play, but when they return to the classroom, they are better able to learn from their teacher.
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