We see them all the time. Those kiddos who just can’t sit still. They are up and bouncing around. They are usually ‘off task’ and can be dangerously impulsive. We may quickly label them as struggling with ADHD, but there may be other things going on.
Though I’m not sure about the ‘wrestling as therapy’ talked about in this ‘The Baltimore Sun’ article, I am completely sold on the case the article makes that many times, kids/teens diagnosed with ADHD are actually struggling with issues related to trauma/PTSD. Similar symptoms may include:
– Sleeping problems
– Poor memory
– Poor concentration
– Low self-esteem
– Addiction problems
So, we want to be mindful and aware when we make a diagnosis of ADHD. We may actually need to be addressing issues of trauma/PTSD.
The good news is that work with horses can be helpful in both cases. We may work on improving the ability to stay focused and on task. We will work on self-soothing and self-calming strategies. Through work with horses we help our clients become more comfortable with faced with decisions. They learn to stop, consider, weighing outcomes and maybe finding a different way to get the job done. We also look at improving self-confidence and building/rebuilding self-esteem and of course, we encourage clients to form a trusting and mutually respectful relationship with their horse.
If you or someone you know is struggling, seek help and answers. We are here to be part of a comprehensive treatment team. Call or email us and we will schedule a visit for you to the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our incredible herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.