Tending to a vegetable garden
Tending to a vegetable garden

At The Barry Robinson Center, we are intentional about making sure every activity has a therapeutic component.

Older residents have the ability to work on campus in a student work experience program. Residents may be able to help with younger students and work in other departments. Taking on a leadership role can boost a resident’s self-esteem and gives the younger children a role model to look up to.

Another special activity is gardening. Working in a garden offers many benefits, both mental and physical. Tending a garden can help mood and reduce anxiety. Children and teens can also gain a sense of responsibility by caring for plants, as well as develop a better understanding of the natural world around them.

Under the direction of teachers, our residents help with planting, weeding and harvesting. The fruits and vegetables of their labor often end up in the cafeteria, providing an opportunity for residents to see plants’ life cycle and think in broader terms about where their food comes from.

We approach all of our interactions and activities with respect and compassion. Our staff members genuinely want to see our residents succeed in the classroom and in life. 

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