"Occupational therapy at a farm ― A therapeutic experience with Lois Hickman ―"
"Occupational therapy is reported here based on the experiences of seven Japanese adolescent children with developmental disorders who visited Lois Hickman’s farm. During their visit, these children participated in activities called “meaningful work” that supported their emotional, physical, and social development. They learned to relax about the passage of time, appreciate the abundance of nature, and take the opportunities to communicate with animals and other people. All of these activities had a restorative effect on these children. For our purposes, a farm is a place where animals, plants, and soil are organically connected to the seasons, which, in turn, provide many meaningful tasks for these children to do. Therefore, it is important for a therapist to adjust these tasks so that they match the individual needs of these children."
人間と科学 : 県立広島大学保健福祉学部誌 = Humanity and science : journal of the Faculty of Health and Welfare