The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers showed that in 2012 115,400 Australians (0.5% of the population) were diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder. Staggeringly, this represents a growth of 79% from the previous survey conducted by the ABS which found 64,400 Australians to have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Early intervention is key to helping those with ASD to live more easily with their condition and to improve their quality of life. The benefits offered by gardens and interaction with nature are extensive and early introduction and exposure to these environments is all the more important.
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‘Design Principles for Creating Therapeutic Gardens for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is an engaging and detailed resource for anyone interested in creating an outdoor space for individuals with autism. Joanne’s heartfelt commitment to the value of this aspect of therapeutic gardening is evident.’
– Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA
Principal , design+cOnsulTation