Education Quarterly Reviews

ISSN 2621-5799

Published: 30 November 2020

How Nature Walk Program Affects the Behavior of Children with Learning Disabilities

Jocelyn Alberto Floresca

College of Science University of the Philippines Baguio

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10.31014/aior.1993.03.04.157

Pages: 500-509

Keywords: Adapted Physical Activity, Natural Environment, Nature Activity, Intervention

Abstract

Experience with nature is particularly known to influence a person’s health and wellbeing. This case study identified behavioral changes in children with learning disabilities who underwent the Nature Walk Program. An intervention tool designed to let the participants experience nature activities. The study’s participants have cases of mild autism and down’s syndrome. Undergoing the Nature Walk Program resulted in the increased positive desire to participate in succeeding intervention sessions, improvement in their memory level, and awareness and sensitivity to the natural surroundings. All of these led to positive behavioral changes. Another important factor found in the success of the program as an intervention tool is the facilitators’ knowledge in handling the activities, which helps in the success of this endeavor. The study’s intervention tool hopes to be a model and instrument in affecting participants’ awareness of themselves with the aid of the natural environment through carefully selected outdoor activities. As a conclusion, utilizing the natural environment can also affect emotional behavior, social relationships, and the actual state of mind of children with learning disabilities.

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