Once a therapeutic alliance has been developed and limits set, clients can venture into the outdoors therapy space where they can access an array of areas, each with their own character and feel.
An outdoor base, draped with fabric and cosy blankets provides a perfect spot for nature watching, practicing sit spots and transient art. From this base clients can explore the nearby pond and decking; venture into the treehouse and tree top walkway; meander through the woodland walk pausing to spend some time in the nest; enjoy a bounce or two on the trampoline; and traverse the wibbly wobbly walkway with its resident troll!
As children get to know these outdoors spaces they develop confidence and mastery and notice seasonal changes. As well as being very calming and yet also energy giving, working in the outdoors offers excellent opportunities for children to self-regulate, develop mastery, explore change and develop a strong attachment with Mother Nature.
Exploring messy materials and potion making are perfect things to do outside, using the mud kitchen as a base and the woodland walk and nature's store cupboard for ingredients.
With large grassy spaces bound by mature trees ideal for roaring and letting off steam, essential containment is provided by the outdoors base, treehouse and cosy Nest.
As children get to know the environment they develop confidence and mastery as well as noticing seasonal changes. An enriching therapy space, the outdoor environment has the ability to be very calming and yet also energy giving. Working in the outdoors also offers excellent opportunities for children to self-regulate, develop mastery, explore change and develop a strong and enduring attachment to Mother Nature.