Meeting Update

JOIN US!

We have a support group for moms in the Tulsa area!

Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
For locations and last minute updates about meetings, check here or (even better) check our Facebook page.
We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Equine Therapy and Aspergers


At our meeting this month, a few of the moms brought up the benefits of horseback riding therapy.  Is this a therapy you have tried or considered?  Equine therapy has been said to help children on the spectrum improve their communication skills as well as provide emotional support and improve balance.  I'm sure you moms who have tried it would give us a more comprehensive list with better detail.

Equine therapy programs are more than just riding a horse.  They involve forming a relationship with the horse through grooming, feeding and haltering.  Learning commands helps students on the spectrum understand the power of shared words.  When they say "Giddyup," the horse will move.  As the student gets to know the horse, a therapist might teach body language by observing the horse's movements and interpreting meaning.  Not all programs are alike, but each program can be beneficial for a child on the autism spectrum.

Many of the programs in our area have a waiting list and tend to be a long drive from our house.  For me, it has been hard to justify this therapy knowing that my younger son would not appreciate the 45 minute drive to the stable and then watching his brother get to ride horses.  Sometimes it is really hard to balance therapy and siblings!  After hearing more about these programs, however, I may work harder to find a way to start this therapy for our Michael.

None of our moms have written about their experience for our site (yet!), but I did find a personal experience with Equine Therapy on Parenting Your Aspergers Child.  What this mom shares in her post is exactly what I hear from the other moms whose children have participated in local programs.

The programs I hear most about in the Tulsa, OK area are Bit By Bit in Oologah, OK and  Helping Hooves in Bixby, OK.  If you have information about any of the other programs, we would appreciate the program name and/or contact information in the comments section.

Of course, we recommend you research any therapy before beginning it.  You will have to determine for yourself if a program looks like it will benefit your child and be within your budget.

To help get you started, I'm including some links I found about Equine Therapy and Autism:

Have you tried Equine Therapy for your child with Asperger's?
Tell us about it!