• June 7, 2023
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Sensory Gifts and Challenges in Nature Settings

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience – Administrators, ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLPs, OT/PTs, Early Intervention

Description – It is a well-known fact that young children learn through their senses. And a growing body of research is finding that being in nature is good for children’s growing brains. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the sensory-based gifts and challenges that being with young children in nature settings brings. We’ll explore the ways in which sensory experiences in nature settings influences behavior, problem-solving, thinking skills, social competence, and physical development. It’s OK if you are not sold on the idea of going out in nature. We’ll have some rich discussions about not only the gifts, but the challenges as well. Let’s have some fun as we consider some intriguing concepts such as why dirt is good for the body and how simply adding green spaces will help to enhance the well-being of young children and the people who care for them.

Lunch break: 1 hour beginning at 12pm

Continuing Education – This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 2
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )
  • EI credit in the area of Intervention

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


  • Jennifer Rosinia
    Jennifer Rosinia is an Occupational Therapist and Child Development Specialist. A master clinician and a gifted teacher, Dr. Rosinia has taken a stand for the body specifically the ways in which the neurobiological systems impact relationships, development, and learning. Areas of specialization include sensory processing, the stress response system, adverse childhood experiences and the ways in which experiences in and with nature impact development. Dr. Rosinia is on faculty at the Erikson Institute. Jennifer has a growing national reputation as a powerful speaker and consultant. Dr. Rosinia brings a healthy balance of humor, passion, and expertise to all of her presentations. She is the president of Kid Links Unlimited, Incorporated a company whose mission is to link theory to practice, parents with professionals and kids with their optimal potential.


1500 West Raab Road, Normal, Illinois, 61761, United States

Free Registration