Equine Therapy for children with ADD/ADHD

Equine Therapy for children with ADD/ADHD from Chrysalis Equine Therapy

By: Chrysalis Equine Therapy  06-08-2011
Keywords: Therapy, Horse, ADHD

Equine therapy with Children & Teens:  

It has been clinically proven that just being in the vicinity of horses changes our brain-wave patterns. Horses have a calming effect on individuals & they are able to form a bond with the horse, while learning to follow instructions through Equine experiential learning & exercises. Grooming also promotes physical, emotional & social benefits of close interaction with the horse.  Equine assisted activities raise confidence & esteem levels & give the child &/or teenager a sense of accomplishment & self worth.  

This approach also allows children & teenagers to become aware of their thoughts, words & actions, thereby providing the tools through which they can better manage their lives & foster better relationships, whilst simultaneously teaching positive problem solving, conflict resolution, communication & social skills. Focus is placed on the horses & therefore creates a non threatening space for youth to express themselves through the horses.  We find that this is what fosters self-confidence & communication, which enables effective behaviour changes.
Children with ADHD/ADD/AUTISM:   Many studies show that Equine assisted therapy has tremendous benefits for children with ADHD/ADD.  Studies have demonstrated more confidence, greater ability to pay attention in class, less hyperactivity, an increase in social skills, & less oppositional behaviour than they had before the sessions.  Clients are often forced to change their behaviour in order to change the behaviour of the horse, thereby taking responsibility for their own behaviours.  

Our Programme:   Our teaching programme is structured around doing ground based activities with the horses, with specific targets in mind. The child learns reinforcement through mastering these tasks & both verbalises & corrects answers by demonstrating the requisite skills.  The overall goal of the programme lies in assisting children in the application of problem-solving that delays immediate behavioural response & fosters consideration of other possible & hopefully more adjustment enhancing responses.  The skills are then transferred into the children’s daily lives and have been found to substantially improve their overall functioning.

Keywords: ADHD, Counselling psychologist, EAPISA, Equicoaching, Equine, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Therapy, Horse, Therapy, Therapy using horses,

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