Therapy in the Great Outdoors

Therapy in the Great Outdoors

Hosted by: Laura Park Figueroa

This podcast is all about the business & practice of nature-based pediatric therapy. If you are a nature-loving OT, PT, SLP, LCSW, or mental health counselor who wants to take your work with children outdoors into...

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The Science Behind Why Kids (& Adults) Should Go Barefoot Outdoors

Earthing is the practice of connecting your body to the surface of the earth. Walking outside barefoot. Sitting in the grass without a blanket. It is a concept that has tangible benefits for both children and adults....
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10 Reasons to Take Pediatric Therapy Outdoors (with Sneak Peeks of My Research Findings)

Are you a traditional pediatrician therapist considering taking your practice outdoors? There are so many benefits to starting a nature-based practice, many of which you’ve probably never thought of. Today, I’m...
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Exposure to Bacteria from Nature May Benefit Children's Gut Microbiota and Behavior

As a nature-based therapist, you’ve probably already seen the effects of nature programming in your patients: improved motor skills, lower stress levels, and even greater self-confidence. But what about the invisible...
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The 4 Systems You Must Have to Run a Successful Nature-Based Business

Your business has a lot of moving parts, and it’s easy to let things spin out of control. But with the right systems in place, you can free up your time as the business owner to do MORE of what you love in the...
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Listener Q & A: Growing a Business, Getting Customers, Liability Insurance, & Finding Outdoor Space

Running a nature-based therapy practice is more complicated than just taking your patients outdoors. There’s a lot that has to happen behind-the-scenes – from payroll to insurance to business strategy – and you’re...
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10-Minute Takeaway: The Impact of Childhood Nature Exposure on Adult Mental Health

While we as therapists do lean on our intuition, it’s important that our work be rooted in research. In my 10-Minute Takeaway series, I break down recent research in the world of nature-based therapy to help you serve...
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7 Tenets of a Nature-Based Lifestyle

What are common "tenets" (traits, ideologies, beliefs, or principles) of a nature-based lifestyle? In today’s episode, I’m sharing my very EARLY thoughts on commonalities I’ve noticed from working with other...
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Is Outdoor Play Associated With Better Motor Skills?

Do you think outdoor play is associated with better motor skills? It may SEEM like a no-brainer, but often research is needed to prove something known by therapists for a long time! This article needed more than a 2...
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Email Marketing for your Nature-Based Practice

Email marketing was a big contributor to the early success of my business. Unfortunately, it’s not something that a lot of nature-based therapists make a priority. It might seem overwhelming, but there are tools that...
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Assessment & Observation in Nature-Based Therapy

As therapists, what we assess is what we address. But when you take your practice outdoors, you might find that your assessments change a bit. For nature-based therapists, it’s important to find a balance between the...
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My 3 Favorite Outdoor Therapy Activities for Children

 If you're working with children who have challenges with attention, sensory processing, social skills, or executive function, gather a few simple supplies and try these 3 activities in your next outdoor therapy...
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Mistakes to Avoid in Each Stage of Nature-Based Practice

As you grow your nature-based practice, you’ll find that there are 4 main stages of business that you encounter. There is no endpoint and your journey will take you from stage to stage, and as you evolve you will face...
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