I am a colleges student and I will be working in a  research project. My topic is how nature could be use as a  therapeutic tool for young children who had suffer  some trauma such as domestic violence. I am looking for some books and articles that you can recommend for me.

Thank You

I will appreciate it.

Alicia Jimenez 

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Read Richard Louv's Book(s) (if you haven't already-you're here after all but I never like to assume - check his reference list too). I highly recommend speaking to your college's librarian (that's what I did). I'm sorry I can't direct you to anything more specific off-hand. I know there's been research on nature therapy for children and how by just transforming a playground from concrete to landscaped grass and trees can drastically (and almost instantly) improve children's mood and school performance but I'm not familiar with any studies specific to domestic violence. Good luck!

Thank You so much. I did read the books, and I am looking for more resources.

I appreciate your answer

Alicia J

The Nature Nurture Project in Aberdeen, UK. Get in touch via their website or Facebook page.

Juliet Robertson said:

The Nature Nurture Project in Aberdeen, UK. Get in touch via their website or Facebook page.

Thank You so much.I did check the webpage, it is interesting and helpful

Dear Alicia

I'm certain there are good books out there that can help you, but the best way would be to go out into nature with such children and see for yourself. I had a lot of success a while ago with a boy at my school who could not attend regular classes with other kids. He would have outbreaks of violent temper and sometimes did dangerous stuff. I talked to the principal at my school and asked him if I could take the boy outdoors during class times.The boy really changed!  He really enjoyed it outside and with time he became able to control his temper. I'm not saying that we should set up kids as objects for the purpose of studying, as so often happens here in Japan. Rather, through observing the child in nature, let the child show you what they feel and experience. Join a local community project for helping troubled children, keeping record of children's attitudes and behavior when in urban surroundings and when outdoors. Also check carefully on how they react to things surrounding them. Keep your notebook close by! Things kids will do or say (what they say is so important!) happens suddenly. Hang in there. I'm certain your research will be more fun than studying!

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