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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Why Nature-Based Therapy Is Here to Stay

As humans, we are inextricably linked to the earth. And in a world and society with so much emphasis on technology, it’s more important than ever to stay regularly connected with nature. In this episode, I’m talking...
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Research Says: Outdoor Education Supports Autistic Children Making Friends, Taking Risks, & Learning About Nature

Kids love getting messy. They love playing outside. And when you provide them with opportunities for safe risk-taking and exploration, the learning outcomes and success that follow will prove invaluable to their...
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Listener Q & A: Work/Life Balance, Business Start-Up, & Best Early Marketing Strategies

Running a nature-based therapy practice is about more than the therapy itself. From knowing what’s needed to get started to how to market your business to making sure you’re taking time for yourself, there’s a lot...
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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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