NEW BEGINNINGS©

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
William Shakespeare

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Studies have shown participation in agriculture is a positive, progressive activity for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Production, management, and marketing of fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants are decidedly beneficial through the time-proven practice of Horticulture. Projects are structured with repetition, and individuals with ASD easily become accustomed to routine management of motivational activities. Noticeable satisfaction is exhibited among this population of individuals with quickly evidenced results of their work.

Horticulture therapy is somewhat new compared to other therapeutic modalities. Increasing research has shown positive connections on the healing, therapeutic, and social benefits that plants have on human welfare and quality of life. Healing, inclusively, is a multifaceted process requiring accordance of the mind and body to work together. The sheer presence of plants/wildlife has been shown to have positive psychological healing effects, yet working in gardens has been shown to heal in supplementary ways. Physical activity, producing endorphins, relieves the effects of stress/anxiety in the body. Horticulture therapy is prescribed by physicians and psychologists for rehabilitative purposes and/or to structure a patient’s daily routine.

The notable significance and possible influences of landscape/garden planning for therapeutic purposes has fueled deep consideration on the importance of green spaces. Unlike specific focus on a solitary difficulty or a particular diagnosis, as characteristic of traditional medicine, horticulture is suggested by some to serve as a holistic practice for remedy. Mosaics© will allow participants to engage in horticulture practices for its calming, sensory-based, and healing properties with creative, motivational, and learning-based purposes.