(3 credits/45 hours) In-serivce credits only
The Effects of School Gardening Activities on Academics, Social/Emotional and Life Skill Development
3 Credits – In service Course (45 Hours)
Instructor: Denise J. Ribarich OTR/L firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is designed for professionals/educators/therapists working directly with elementary, middle/high schoolers and young adults. In this online course you will learn the multiple benefits that can be achieved during the process of cultivating and beautifying a small garden space in and around your school or community. These include academic improvement as well as social, psychological, emotional, as well as improved verbal expression and essential life skills. You will learn skills developed such as responsibility, self-confidence, decision making, teamwork, organization and working together towards an ultimate goal. Besides the educational improvement in math and science , many students have improved sensory processing capabilities which frees these students to more easily learn and integrate new skills that they were unable to do before.
Working together with your students on designing a simple garden will provide enjoyment and satisfaction and will have long-lasting memories with development of meaningful vocational applications for the future.
This course is important for all educators including School Psychologists, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, Speech/Language teachers and Occupational and Physical Therapists. The knowledge you will learn will have a direct impact on your students and will affect all aspects of their lives as well as yours.