Title

Creating Effective Communication Through a Child's Nature Connection

Date of Award

5-27-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Applied Communication

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Organiz & Prof Communication

Advisor

Greta Covell Gloven

Keywords

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder; Children's Communication Deficits; Communication; Nature Deficit Disorder; Parents Guide

Abstract

Children of the wired generation are plugged into television, video games or computers, and have lost their innate connection to nature. An analysis of children's exposure to nature and its effect on communication was conducted to promote the practice of engaging children in outdoor activities with the goal of fortifying communication. Key elements discussed in this analysis include, nature's effect on all sensory perceptions, and the non-clinical diagnosis of Nature Deficit Disorder as it supports the direct link between exposure to nature and a child's development, self-esteem and success in school. As an outcome of this Capstone Project, a parent's guide was produced to serve as a support tool assisting parents of children with Nature Deficit Disorder and provide a foundation for further research.

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