Autism and Nature is developing a range of projects to raise awareness and practically help to engage children with autism and related disabilities with nature. We are producing educational material for practitioners, teachers, parents, carers and children. We also plan to undertake research to learn more about connecting children with the natural world.
We are producing a series of local guide books, to help families and teachers to introduce children with autism to nature and the countryside. The first one, for Kent, was published in February 2012, with support from a wide range of conservation organisations and autism charities. This was followed by guides for East Sussex, West Sussex, Suffolk and Surrey. More recently we have published guides for Essex and Hampshire. These guides can be downloaded from our Resources page.
We are producing illustrated children’s story books and colouring books to complement our local guides. The stories describe the adventures of two children as they visit places in the countryside featured in our guides. The text is accompanied by Widgit symbols, to help communicate ideas and information for those children who require visual supports. Our first book for children in East Sussex was published in summer 2013, and our second for children in West Sussex was published in summer 2014; we have since published story books for children in Kent, Surrey, Suffolk, Essex, Hampshire and the New Forest. Story books can be downloaded from our Resources page. We are planning on further story books and colouring about Alex and Rosie’s countryside adventures.