Look, almost all kids at one time or another throw a earth-shaking, mind numbing tantrum. They are having a really bad day and that one last thing just tips them over the edge. Parents, teachers and casual bystanders are awestruck by the human tornado. Though at the time it is mortifying and alarming, for most kids it is a highly infrequent occurrence that they grow out of.
However, in some instances, when a child has frequent, lengthy and violent tantrums, there is more going on. This article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch provides some advice on recognizing the difference.
Many of the clients we work with have poor tolerance for frustration. They may lack coping skills and are unable to self-sooth. They may find change/transitions extremely challenging. Through work with horses, in a non-judgemental and non-threatening, yet at times challenge way, we are able to address all of these issues with our clients. Horses CAN be frustrating, so we work on ‘levels of pressure’ and other strategies for gaining cooperation. Things don’t always go the way we expect, but our horses will not appreciate it if we have a melt-down “you don’t want to scare your horse do you?” And of course, though there are things that we always do the same way, such as the order in which we use various grooming tools, we try to do new and different things each session as well.
We would be happy to have you schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help. Call or email and we will make it happen.