Horticulture therapy project at Asha centre for Autism
Horticulture therapy was introduced at centre for autism in 2010. Some of our therapeutic value learnings
from this project are as under:
Exposure to garden: Increases motivation,
feeling of security, improves sensory and
perceptional abilities, relieves stress and anxiety.
Exposure to watering: Increases
attention span, improves ability to work
independently, increases perceptual abilities. Speed
and accuracy improves through watering; this betters
concentration levels, and coordination.
‘Growing media’ preparation (Mixing sand, coco peat
Increases creativity, improves colour concept, hand
function and fine motor coordination.
Tray filling and bag filling for planting:
Improves fine dexterity, relieves stress and
anxiety, improves fine motor and gross motor, helps
maintain posture and improves coordination.
Seed sowing: Improves concentration and
attention span, increases figure ground perception.
Transplanting rooted plants: Improves fine
motor and gross motor function, improves hand
function and concentration, attention and
It is not required for all skills to be used for
therapy; these can be modified as per individual
A person with autism finds great joy in planting
things and watching them grow. Self esteem can
improve and social skills can be cultivated from the
socializing in therapy.