Though many people prefer to avoid ‘labels,’ especially when it comes to mental health issues, knowing what you are dealing with allows you to make informed decisions about interventions.
For many, it is easier to accept the simple or most obvious diagnosis. When a child or teen who has extreme difficulty staying on task and is often impulsive we tend to assume they are struggling with ADHD. However, a more comprehensive examination may reveal other issues. This article talks about how Bipolar disorder can be misdiagnosed (or overlooked) when the symptoms point to ADHD. Additionally, PTSD can also look a lot like ADHD. There are specialists that can provide the diagnostic tests that will help pinpoint what is truly going on and help you find the appropriate resources to address the issues.
No matter the cause, through work with horses, we can help kids/teens who struggle with staying on task and are easily distracted. They learn that impulsive behavior can worry a horse and begin to practice slowing down and being mindful while working with their horse. They also discover that staying focused and getting their horse groomed and tacked up efficiently means more time to ride!
We are for you. Give us a call or send an email to schedule a visit. We will show you around the ranch, introduce the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help.