How the Outdoors can be Beneficial for Children with Special Educational Needs


Did you know that spending time outdoors has been proven to be beneficial in engaging children with Special Education Needs (SEN).

Freedom to move in a therapeutic, stimulating outdoor environment makes for healthier, happier children. Children with Special Educational Needs face an entire range of different and specific challenges. The outdoors not only supports life skills such as, resilience, problem solving and self-confidence, but can have a positive impact in enhancing behaviour’s and social interactions. The research is incredible!


It is vital that all children, including those with additional needs are experiencing the wonderful world of exploration and sensory play outdoors. This will provide them with new exciting experiences to learn and develop in a informal way. The fresh air and open space can release any potential stress or anxiety in young children, in comparison to a busy indoor environment. Simply moving outside to a wide open space will expend their energy and allow children to feel calmer, settle and refocus through creativity and exploration.

“Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls” 

Erin Kenny.