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Equine Assisted Learning - SEN - Case Studies

SEN - Case Studies

Case Study 1

Child A is a young girl under 10-years-of-age who often exhibits violent behaviour to other children, carers and parents. She is a sufferer of ADHD and is also on the Autistic Spectrum. Furthermore, she had been victim to a turbulent home life and suffers from an inability to show caring to others which makes her too disruptive to attend school for more than a few hours per day.
Child A has been attending Rein and Shine for several months to learn how to care for living creatures, and gain an understanding of the need to respect living beings and in-turn herself.
At first she was very shy (the opposite to her behaviour at school and at home) and has slowly increased her confidence week on week. She has not once exhibited any violent or uncaring behaviour to the horses, if fact Child A becomes attentive and caring towards them. A calmness and focus has developed to a point where she now incorporates riding into the weekly session.
Animal Assisted Therapy of caring for horses has progressively improved Child A’s communication with adults at and away from the centre. A positive impact has been documented with a reduction in the level of disruptive behaviour, improved sleep patterns and, for the first time, displays levels of motivation with excitement to return to the horses each week.
This is just one example of how Animal Assisted Therapy can help a child. There are so many more ways it can help a child or even an adult suffering from abuse, mental health and physical disabilities to name but a few. Horses provide a therapy that humans often can’t.
Nyland Campus primary school in Swindon, a special school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs, have been benefitting hugely from their sessions at Rein & Shine. Nyland Campus Principle, Becky O’Brian, is delighted with the results. She said:
“The children, and staff, thoroughly enjoy these sessions and gain so much from this opportunity. It's fantastic to see children, who are faced with so many challenges trying to get through the school day, become completely immersed in these sessions. The therapeutic side to their time here is outstanding as we watch children so engrossed in caring for the horse after they have been riding. It's also been great to see children become more resilient and conquer their fears and anxieties by riding the horses. We’re extremely grateful to all at Rein & Shine for making this possible.”

Case Study 2
Child B is a teenager with special educational needs suffering from emotional and social disabilities. She has displayed a continual love for horses and wished to work with them in later life. Sha has a history of struggling with sleep and motivation and often displays a defeatist negative attitude toward herself and her abilities, not believing she is able to achieve on any level. Child B has been engaged in a 3-day-a-week program studying a British Horse Society Qualification, which would be required should she go on to work with horses. Child B has passed each assessment of the course which is taught in small modules and has gained confidence in herself through these achievements. This in-turn has improved her school work and she has even managed to pass exams which she thought was previously unattainable.
Case Study 3

A group of five children have a weekly two-hour session which includes horse riding and horse care. These children have violent and emotional behaviours and can be difficult to control for parents, carers and the school. The program at Rein & Shine has seen this group improve from being too nervous to get on a pony through to riding independently and relishing every opportunity to take part in the care modules. The levels of personal growth, concentration, confidence and teamwork have improved enormously, especially in the carers ability to control the children onsite. During the week the children look forward to coming to Rein & Shine which helps the carers manage their behaviour and channel this into positivity.
Equine Assisted Learning has helped pupils to improve confidence, motivation, self-esteem and personal growth in all of these cases plus many more.

Please contact us if you are a school or want us to provide private assistance on 01666 860068

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