All Kinds of News for November 06, 2019
This month, Seven Stars, a residential treatment program and assessment center for teens with neurodevelopmental challenges, is excited to announce that they have added equine therapy to their therapeutic programming, meaning students will be attending equine therapy sessions on a monthly basis.
Equine therapy is a form of experiential therapy that consists of interactions between students and horses. Students participate in equine therapy that consists of grooming horses, playing games with them on the ground, and eventually, riding them. “During equine therapy, students learn how to interpret the behaviors that they see in the horses and apply it to their own lives,” says Dr. Gordon Day, Executive Clinical Director and Founder of Seven Stars. “Horses are social creatures that are greatly affected by the emotions and behaviors of those around them. They give constant feedback based on their surroundings, which can help students on the spectrum build an understanding of social cues.”
Students will be working with the same horse each time they attend an equine therapy session. This allows students to form a bond with an individual horse, helping them build relationships and communication skills. “So far, students have taken part in an orientation process where they have learned how to carefully approach, halter, and lead a horse to its stall. Students have also learned how to groom the horses,” says Dr. Day. Soon, students will be participating in ground games that help build trust with the horse. Eventually students will take part in therapeutic horseback riding activities.
“We are very excited for the recent addition of equine therapy programming because it can be an extremely powerful experience for students,” comments Dr. Day. “For many students, interacting with horses is something they’ve never done before and can be intimidating at first. As they build a relationship and sense of trust with their horse, it can be a wonderful confidence booster.”
For more information about therapeutic programming at Seven Stars, visit https://discoversevenstars.com/ or call 844-601-1167.
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. For more information about programming at Seven Stars, please visit https://discoversevenstars.com/ or call 844-601-1167.