What You Need to Know About
Although it’s not a legitimate medical diagnosis, nature-deficit disorder is no less alarming. As people become more connected to technology, they become more and more disconnected from the outside world. This, in turn, leads to a good number of physical and mental health concerns. Kids are particularly vulnerable to this disorder, giving rise to learning and behavioral problems, as well as weakened immune systems. These barely scratch the surface of this unwanted phenomenon, however, so Allegheny Family Network has put together a list of resources to help parents better understand this condition and do something about it.
What’s the problem
These resources provide more information about nature-deficit disorder and how too much time spent indoors and in front of tech devices can harm your child's health.
What nature can do
The benefits of spending time outside are numerous -- from improved memory and mood to an increase in exercise and an appreciation of nature.
How you can start at home
There are plenty of activities that can entice your children to go in the backyard more often, and they can even learn more about wildlife, conservation, and the importance of completing chores.
What else is out there
Looking to venture beyond your backyard? Here are some fun activities that your child can try.
Yes, nature-deficit disorder is a real threat, but it’s one that can be fought. And with Mother Nature as our ally, there’s really no reason to lose. So, go ahead and gather the kids for a great adventure. She is waiting.
Allegheny Family Network works to support families who have children with emotional and mental health needs, by offering a support line, programs, training workshops, and resources.