The number of kids diagnosed with ADHD are climbing (1 in 10) but it seems that we have not really come up with too many new or effective ways of addressing this often extremely challenging disorder.
The most common treatment is a medication regime. Sadly finding the right combination of ‘meds’ that help a child sit still during the day, especially while in a classroom, yet allows them to sleep at night (not to mention that does not cause unacceptable side-effects) can take many months and sometimes even years. And of course, just when you think you have things fine-tuned for your child, they reach puberty or have a growth spurt and all of a sudden your starting over.
This news story (video) from WMUR New Hampshire, takes a look at a school that is taking a different approach.
As stated in the video, I believe that medication is often very helpful, but there are other/additional things that can be done, such as equine assisted therapy, to address the issues of ADHD.
Through work with horses we can increase focus, decrease impulsive behaviors, build self-confidence and improve problem solving skills, among other things. Our clients learn about horse/herd behavior – why horses do what they do – they lead, groom and play games with horses AND, once they demonstrate that they can listen and follow directions (so we can keep them safe!) they get to ride.
If you know a child who is struggling with ADHD (or any other social, emotional or behavioral issue) take a look at the resources available. Equine assisted therapy can be a powerful part of the treatment plan. Call or email us and we will schedule a visit. We will show you around the ranch, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.