Galloping Towards Progress: Equine Therapy at Kindred Souls
Equine therapy at Kindred Souls Pediatric Care is a type of animal-assisted therapy that uses horses as an integral part of the therapeutic treatment. This therapy is designed to benefit children with a variety of special needs, including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorders, physical disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and learning and developmental challenges. Although I do not have specific information about the equine therapy program at Kindred Souls, these programs generally include:
Interaction with Horses: Children can participate in activities such as brushing, feeding, and caring for horses, which can foster responsibility, empathy, and caregiving skills.
Horseback Riding: Under supervision, children can learn to ride, which helps improve balance, coordination, muscle strength, and posture. Additionally, the rhythmic movement of the horse can have therapeutic effects.
Development of Social and Emotional Skills: Equine therapy can improve self-esteem, confidence, and social skills. Interaction with the horse and therapists can teach children to follow instructions, work as a team, and develop bonds.
Sensory Stimulation: The outdoor environment and interaction with the horses provide a rich sensory experience that can be beneficial for children with sensory disorders.
Individualized Approach: Each equine therapy session is tailored to the specific needs of the child, ensuring they receive maximum benefit.
Integration with Other Therapies: Equine therapy at Kindred Souls may be part of a broader treatment plan, complementing other forms of therapy such as physical, occupational, or speech therapy.
Kindred Souls adheres to all protocol & policies implemented by the CDC and Florida Department of Health
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