My love for Children’s Play & Learning Environments
I’ve spent almost my entire career designing children’s nature-based play, learning, and therapeutic environments. In 2004, after a series of “A-HA moments”, I began researching neurodiversities, like autism and sensory processing disorders, because I wanted to make sure the spaces I helped create
supported all kids and how each are “wired” a little (or a lot) differently.
As my understanding of the neurodiverse experience grew, I realized just how important children’s sensory experiences are in play, learning, and connection. For me, nature play is one of the most powerful tools we have to regulate children’s nervous systems so they can play to their greatest ability, learn to their greatest potential, and connect in the deepest, most meaningful way they can.