Autism Outdoors - ABOARD (Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders)


Autism Outdoors - ABOARD (Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders)

We plan to work on future partnerships, helping people with Autism learn about outdoor activities !

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Members: 23
Latest Activity: Dec 7, 2017

Discussion Forum

National Trails Day

I decided to celebrate National Trails Day last Saturday with my son who has autism. I found a Bureau of Land Management site not far away that doing trail maintenance. Mainly raking out gravel and…Continue

Tags: community service, outdoors, autism

Started by Bernard Adelsberger Jun 12, 2014.

Autism Family Camp

With partner organizations we have been extremely successful in facilitating Autism Family Camps over the past three summers. We are at capacity and would like to support and encourage others to…Continue

Started by Jim McHardy Jul 12, 2012.

How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

Nature play area at Autism center - help! 1 Reply

Hi all,I'm a designer and am extremely interested in working with the local Autism Research Center at FSU (CARD) to create a natural play area for kids on the spectrum. My hope is the space will…Continue

Started by Meghan Cox Mick. Last reply by Dr. Jim Taylor Apr 16, 2012.

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Comment by Kelli Carmack on June 22, 2013 at 6:34pm

Hello everyone!  I would like to pass along a program that I am launching that may be of interest to you (it is perfect for those on the higher end of the spectrum).  Please check out The 7th Generation School at

I spent many years as a teacher working with at-risk youth as well as those diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders.  I have also recently been a wilderness guide/substance abuse counselor for a wilderness treatment center for young adults.  For many years I have been formulating this program out of my constant question, "What can I do?"  This program is my answer and humble offering to the planet. 

The 7th Generation School is a supplementary program that not only connects youth with the natural world around them but also with the natural world that exists within them.  It is a therapeutic wilderness program (and more) for youth who need more than what our schools are able to provide.  Our intention is to provide a holistic and eco-centered supplement to our youth so that they may become their vision and purpose in the world.

I hope we get to connect soon!

Comment by Ali Baylor on October 11, 2012 at 4:39pm

Funny Facebook Conversation:

random person:  Hi, how much are the ecotherapy sessions?

 me: $10.00 per child per hour, until I am fully certified!

person: Okay, I want to sign up two kids please

 me:  please send their names, ages, diagnoses, fears, and meltdown situations to my regular email:

person:  Okay will do. I should ask though, what exactly is an ecotherapy session?

So, getting certified in an UNKNOWN FIELD is fun!  Ecotherapy is only offered as a certificate in a couple of places.  I am doing it online at JFK University in CA.

Comment by Marielise Jacobs on April 14, 2012 at 4:15am
Hello! I am currently a student in Occupational Therapy in FL with an outdoor education background and would like to have my capstone project revolve around working with autistic children in the outdoor environment for therapeutic purposes.
Comment by Jan Hummer on April 11, 2012 at 6:42pm

Hello !  I am interested in joining this conversation.  I have worked with many children who are autistic in nature based preschools over the years and would love to learn more from all of you in the near future.

Comment by abigail frazee on August 13, 2011 at 10:31am

Hi! I'm a graduate student (Special Education program with Autism) with much interest in research pertaining to children with autism in nature.  There is not much out there right now, I'm hoping to add to it someday.


Comment by Bernard Joyce on June 30, 2011 at 3:19am
Hi, I work as a music therapy teacher with some children with Autism in the west of Ireland. I also have a natural woodland area. So I would love to find out more about using the woodland as a resource for children with autism
Comment by Sarah Strom-Kieschnick on June 11, 2011 at 9:41pm
Nature therapy has helped saved my autistic son!  I just went to the West Tx Autism Speaks fundraiser, street dance and met the National president yesterday!

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