Why Can’t Children Sit Still? : Using Movement and Nature to Enhance Attention and Learning
Critical factors for enhancing child development and learning are movement, play and nature, yet children everywhere continue to escalate use of sedentary, indoor technologies. Attention restorative environments such as “green space” have been shown to significantly reduce adhd symptoms, and movement and play shown to improve mental and physical health and grades. Yet school and community lack of funds, and fear of litigation, have dramatically changed how children access outdoor movement and play. Resources that used to go toward school playgrounds are now diverted toward technology, and recess is now comprised of texting, video games, facebook and porn. Restricting child movement, play, and nature, while escalating use of unrestricted technology, has resulted in classroom chaos, and children who can no longer pay attention and learn.
Why Can’t Children Sit Still raises awareness about the importance of movement, play, and nature in the everyday lives of our children and home and school, and how sensory and motor components found in movement, play, and nature actually promote not only physical and mental health, but also attention and learning ability in children.
- Identify critical neurobiological factors important for attention and learning ability.
- Evaluate current research on the impact of movement, play and nature on attention and learning.
- Recognize how dwindling resources and fear of litigation limit achieving critical factors for development and learning.
- Apply movement and nature initiatives in school, home and community to enhance attention and learning.