Frankly, I’m not surprised to learn that lack of sleep, too little exercise and too much time spent with high media use, can be extremely harmful to teens.
Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet explained in the publication ‘World Psychiatry’ that there is an “invisible risk group of teens” who, because of the above mentioned behaviors are more likely to develop mental health issues.
We have long believed and championed for kids and teens to get more sleep, get more exercise and get out and do something other than being glued to devices!
Kids and teens working with horses benefit in so many ways. Obviously, there is the physical benefit of walking. grooming and riding. Many of our clients really get no other exercises, so walking down to the turn out to get their horse is hugely important for them! There are lots of reasons that kids and teens may not get enough sleep. We can work on some of them, such as anxiety, teaching self-soothing techniques that can be used anywhere. We also help clients focus better so they get things, like homework, done and can get to bed at a decent hour. We often council our parents/caregivers to only allow TV/internet/computer games and the like, as something that is earned in small amounts. The use of these devices is not a ‘given right’ and can be used as a powerful parenting tool!
Our program works with children as young as 4 years of age, as well as teens and adults. We provide social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning through work with horses. If you would like to see your child or teen doing something more positive, call or email us to schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about your challenges and share how we might be able to help.