A Better Way to Deal with ‘Acting Out’

We have all seen it. A kiddo who is dealing with something that may be challenging or frustrating and they just lose it. But they may throw things, lash out, yell, cry or even just curl up in a ball and shut down. Often, we are at a loss. We can’t even figure out what all the fuss is about. The kiddos refuse to do what they are asked to and become ‘rebellious’. Many times this leads to punishment, ‘consequences’ or discipline. Sadly, what we usually fail to do, is look at why this behavior is happening and provide tools for dealing with the underlying fear and anxiety.

The Northwest Herald shares the story of how McHenry High School District 156, is taking a new approach and utilizing ‘Animal-assisted Therapy’ to help alleviate some of the underlying issues that often present as ‘behavioral problems’.  The article goes on to talk about many of the things that working with animals provides the students, with students even sharing their own insights into what they have learned.

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy can provide the same benefits, from teaching coping skills to promoting self-awareness, work with horses can be a powerful intervention for kids and teens with ‘behavioral problems’.

Our staff of Qualified Mental Health Associates, and our incredible herd of horses, work one-on-one with each client to address their specific issues. Anger, depression, anxiety, whatever it is that is keeping the child/teen from functioning well. We work with children as young as 4, teaching them about safe boundaries, improving communication, building self-confidence and so much more. Horses are powerful.

If you know a child or teen who is struggling, we are here to help. We are located 20 min south of Reno and only 10 min north of Carson. We invite you to schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help. Call of email us today.


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