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Nature-Deficit Disorder and More in American Journal of Play

Nature-Deficit Disorder and More in American Journal of Play
ROCHESTER, New York—Nature-deficit disorder—a disconnectedness from outdoor play—may have grave consequences for today’s often sedentary, over-protected youth, according to an interview in the current issue of the American Journal of Play with noted journalist Richard Louv (author of the best-selling Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder) and conservationist Cheryl Charles (who helped launch the Leave No Child Inside initiative along with Louv).

Louv, famous for coining the term “nature-deficit disorder,” says it is not a medical diagnosis, but rather a term to describe the human costs of alienation from nature: “These include diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.” Charles de…
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