Right off the bat, you probably think that ADHD and Autism have nothing in common. They are VERY different. You are right. They are. However, in this really interesting article from Huffington Post, we can see that in fact there are some things that are similar, if not exactly the same and that the conditions may co-exists.
Through work with horses, we have seen a lot of success for kids and teens dealing with either of these neurodevelopmental disorders. Our clients learn how their ‘high energy’ behaviors can make their horses uncomfortable. With this in mind, they learn and practice ‘self soothing/self-calming’ skills, such as deep breathing, to help them bring their energy level down.
Our client learn and practice the simple, step-by-step tasks for grooming and tacking up their horse. They are redirected and kept on task with the reminder ‘the sooner you get this done the more time you will have to ride’.
The client also learns and practices frustration tolerance (horses don’t always do what we think we are asking them) and problem solving, while boosting self-confidence and becoming good leaders.
AND they get to do something that they enjoy in a non-judgemental and supportive environment!
If you know a child/teen/adult on the Spectrum, dealing with ADHD or any other social, emotional, behavioral or mental health issue, we would be happy to share with you how our program might be able to help. Call or email to schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce our horses and learn more about the challenges you are facing.