Students with severe Asperger’s gets help from a horse

 

From American Overlook
As you know, animal therapy is a highly effective way for people to deal with traumatic experiences and other difficulties. Some veterans from war have found life easier with service animals for therapeutic reasons.

But a ground-breaking form of animal therapy using horses has recently been shown to help young people with Asperger’s really cope with their intense symptoms.

Over the last few years, awareness around autism has increased. You probably know the common traits of autistic individuals like difficulty in engaging socially, increased anxiety when faced with new situations, and higher levels of sensitivity. Asperger’s is a form of autism.

While autistic individuals can often have highly developed talents in some areas of their lives, it can be extremely challenging for them to experience success if they are unable to navigate the daily social interactions required of everyone.

Animal therapy has helped autistic individuals cope with their anxiety very successfully. While mostly using dogs, horse therapy offers people the opportunity to learn more about social cues and non-verbal communication.

Horses, like people with Asperger’s, are very sensitive and anxious. Because they’re a prey animal, horses instinctually keep their eyes open for danger and threats.

For this very reason, autistic individuals can learn how to manage their own feelings and reactions by working with the horses.

Help comes in many forms

Help comes from many places.

In this case, from an artist named Diego in Antigua, Guatemala, who made bracelets for us to give to

Diego works on bracelets for The PEACH Pit at his shop in Antigua, Guatemala.
Diego works on bracelets for The PEACH Pit at his shop in Antigua, Guatemala.

those of you who help us help others. Diego is learning English and proudly showed me an essay he had written about the United States. In it, he wrote that Georgia is known for its peaches.

Who knew he would later create bracelets for The PEACH Pit, based in the peach capital of the state?

Thanks, Diego.

Thanks to all who give.

The ponies have new digs

Rusty and Blackjack, the baby Paso Finos, and Smokey Jack

Whoa! What was that?

Come join us at the barn … soon

The PEACH Pit will provide low-cost mental health counseling, and as you might have guessed from our pictures, the horses are vital to us. This weekend (May 14-16), we’ll be working to hone our skills – training on ways to work with horses to help heal your heart and mind. … We’ll soon be open for business.

Feeding time at The PEACH Pit

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