Attention and Learning

Why Can’t Children Sit Still?: Using movement and nature to enhance attention and learning



Nature designed children’s bodies to move, touch and connect for adequate physical, mental and cognitive development. Attention restorative environments such as “green space” have been shown to significantly reduce ADHD symptoms, yet school and community fears of litigation have dramatically changed how children access outdoor movement and play. Resources that used to go toward playgrounds are now being diverted toward updating schools with technology. Children are physically moving less, and as a result are not getting the necessary motor and sensory stimulation to their vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile systems, resulting in low postural tone, poor coordination and fluctuating arousal states – important components for printing, reading and paying attention to learn.


Why Can’t Children Sit Still raises awareness about the importance of movement and play in the every day lives of our children and home and school, and how sensory and motor components of movement and play actually promote attention and learning.

Learning Outcomes


Child Development and Nature Directives
Playground Structures

Who should attend?

Parents, teachers, administrators, special education staff, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, counsellors, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and child care providers. Foundation Series Workshops are designed to be introductory level for therapists, intermediate for teachers and advanced for parents, child care workers and teaching assistants.

How to register

Register for scheduled Foundation Series Workshops:

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Sponsor a workshop in your own community and receive a free Zone’in, Move’in or Unplug’in program for school or home use. Contact Cris for the details!

Evidence based – Research referenced – Strategy focused