Bridging the Gap: Horses & Spectrum Disorders
Equine Assisted Therapy for Spectrum Disorders
The prevalence of spectrum disorder diagnoses is steadily rising. The Center for Disease Control reports that “From 1994 to 2005, the number of children ages 6–21 years receiving services for autism increased from 22,664 to 193,637.” Clinicians, teachers, and parents are becoming more aware of socials skills deficits in our youth. In the midst of all this horses have been acknowledged as having great potential to work with this specific population. Horses communicate non-verbally and are masters at teaching this subtle social skill. Horses are also non-threatening, without judgment, and for many easier to bond with than humans. A one-day intensive workshop at Horse Sense of Carolinas will provide participants with hands-on experience and information on how to utilize Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy as a powerful intervention tool for spectrum disorder clients.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy creates a natural and non-threatening opportunity, especially for those new to or uncomfortable with traditional therapeutic settings, to identify negative patterns of behavior, and practice new functional ones.
Upcoming dates, Costs and Registration are available at our Events page. To arrange for this event for your private group, please call 828-683-7304.
**No Riding. No Horse Experience Necessary.**
Who should attend:
- Health Care Administrators
- Life Coaches
- Mental Health Professionals
- Social Workers
- Family Therapists
- Case Managers
- Substance Abuse Providers
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand how EAP meets the needs of Spectrum Disorder clients.
- Explain the parallels between equine and human psychology.
- Identify benefits and risks associated with utilizing EAP as an intervention.
- Understand how EAP can be an adjunctive therapy to a comprehensive treatment plan.
- Understand how horses provide a bridge to reach clients who struggle with making social connections.