Q: What is Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)?
A: There are a constellation of symptoms that occur when children and adults are removed from nature. It can manifest as physical, mental, behavioral, emotional, or spiritual issues.
Children are affected more so than adults and when deprived of nature throughout childhood it can affect them their entire lives. It is also a “spectrum” disorder with a wide range of severity.
Q: How does a parent know if their child has Nature Deficit Disorder?
A: 90% of American spend their time inside home or school. They could be afraid, uncomfortable, anxious, or disconnected. Kids are also over saturated with screen time, texting, video games, etc. Many also suffer from disabilities such as acute as allergies to debilitating issues like depression or anxiety.
Q; What can parents do?
A: Create space in your schedule to allow your child to spend an hour a day outside. Simply enjoy your yard, take a walk around your neighborhood. It doesn’t have to be hard. Work nature time into your daily routine! Let them get dirty! Or even bring the outdoors in. Craft projects with nature,
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