All Kinds of News for March 07, 2018
Seven Stars began participating in equine therapy on a biweekly basis (starting March 2nd, 2018) at Hunter Stables and Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. While treatment is formally guided by an equine therapist, the horses model communication and relationship skills for the clients who are enrolled at Seven Stars, residential treatment and assessment program.
“Our students love animals and it’s often much easier for them to connect and build a relationship with animals than people,” comments Dr. Gordon Day, Executive Clinical Director and Founder of Seven Stars. “Horses are extremely skilled at reading body language. Because of this, students must speak calmly, establish safe boundaries, and follow directions. These are all areas we work with students to develop.”
Students are encouraged to build relationships with the horses and find motivation to continue developing communication and relationship skills as those relationships deepen; the horses demonstrate immediate feedback to Seven Stars teenagers 13-17 who struggle with neurodevelopmental issues. “It’s very rewarding for students to see the horse’s reaction to their progress in developing communication skills,” said Dr. Day. “Equine therapy is an effective way to help those skills develop naturally and the students really enjoy it.”
About Seven Stars
Seven Stars is a leading assessment program and residential treatment center for teens ages 13-17 who struggle with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Seven Stars treatment model takes a revolutionary shift from normal therapy methods. By combining acute care stabilization, with residential treatment and academics, true multidisciplinary assessment and treatment, outdoor experiential therapy and positive psychology, Seven Stars therapeutic program understands, assesses and builds the confidence and skills of students struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders.