autistic children

Why autistic children love the great outdoors

Autistic children playing outdoors
By Michelle Beekharry, Head of Physical Education at TreeHouse School, London

As a child, I loved the outdoors and spent a lot of my childhood playing in the garden, walking in the woods and throwing pebbles in the sea. My love of being outdoors is part of the reason I chose to become a physical education teacher and currently I work at a special school for autistic children aged between three and 19 years. I firmly believe that whatever their ability or disability, all children should spend part of their day being involved in some form of physical activity.