Anchor Center provides children with visual impairments expert interventions that stimulate ALL the senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste – and helps them attain developmental milestones while learning how to “see”, explore, and enjoy the world around them. Our Horticultural Program is a pivotal aspect of our multi-sensory intervention, experience and education.
The goals of Anchor Center’s Horticultural Therapy Program are to:
- connect children with the natural world of plants;
- enhance motor development;
- stimulate cognitive learning;
- introduce seasonal and time concepts; and
- provide social interaction.
Anchor’s Horticultural Program’s objectives are to:
- improve sensory tolerance and stimulation through exposure to touch, smells and sounds of dirt, seeds, vegetation, etc.
- improve gross and fine motor skills through participation in gardening tasks and exploration;
- build social skills by joining in group gardening activities; and
- to increase awareness, enjoyment and connection to nature.
Through our Horticulture Program, the children are meaningfully engaged in educational and recreational activities that help prepare them for a life of outdoor education and exploration. They are exposed to horticultural activities that stimulate their senses and continually peak their developing curiosity, including basic gardening and seasonal concepts, multi-sensory awareness, fine and gross motor skills development, and social engagement.
Our creative, child-friendly program promotes family engagement and encourages the children to get involved, to get dirty, to be outdoors, and to explore different textures, smells and tastes – expanding their world and engaging all of their senses.
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