This study points to a link between FASD and issues with auditory processing in children. To be honest, we can say that we have very possibly observed this in some of our clients. There is that moment when you have asked them something and a moment goes by where you wonder “did they hear me? Are they ignoring me?” Our impatience to have an answer/response right now can overwhelm a child who is struggling, leading them to be fearful and anxious whenever they are put on the spot and can ultimately damage their self esteem.
When FASD is the a potential issue we need to remember to give kids the time they need to work through what is being asked AND we need to make sure that while they are processing the information/request they don’t become distracted and end up off task. This may mean that we have to implement a gentle redirect then repeat the verbal information or request, allowing the child to take the processing time they need.
One of the wonderful things about our work with horses is that we are rarely in a hurry. Our clients can take the time they need to learn the skills required to successfully groom, lead and even ride a horse. Horses sure don’t care if you take your time! As a matter of fact, when interacting with a prey animal, this slow and more deliberate way of processing can be very soothing. We often say to client’s “Mystic really likes your nice quiet energy.” This acceptance of who they are and how they handle information/requests can reduce stress and anxiety while building self confidence, which will allow a child to be more comfortable with who they are, and honestly, isn’t that what we all want for our children?
If your child is struggling with FASD or other challenges, call us and schedule a visit. We’ll show you around the ranch, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share with you how we might be able to help.