Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

By | February 22, 2018
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder Author Richard Louv
ISBN-10 156512605X
ISBN-13 9781565126053
Year 2008-04-10
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Algonquin Books
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I like to play indoors better cause that s where all the electrical outlets are reports a fourth grader Never before in history have children been so plugged in and so out of touch with the natural world In this groundbreaking new work child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today s wired generation he calls it nature deficit to some of the most disturbing childhood trends such as rises in obesity Attention Deficit Disorder Add and depression Some startling facts By the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970 Today average eight year olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species such as beetles and oak trees in their own community The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind Nature deficit disorder is not a medical condition it is a description of the human costs of alienation from nature This alienation damages children and shapes adults families and communities There are solutions though and they re right in our own backyards Last child in the Woods is the first book to bring together cutting edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development physical emotional and spiritual What s more nature is a potent therapy for depression obesity and Add Environment based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving critical thinking and decision making Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature

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