Traveling with kids can always be challenging, but when you are living with a special needs child it can seem daunting!
This is a great CNN piece, including a video with Temple Grandin, about traveling with a child on the autism spectrum, but I thought there were some good tips for all parents.
Many special needs kids struggle with ‘change’. They want their routine. It makes them feel safe and gives them less they have ‘worry’ about. It can be helpful to slowly build up a child’s tolerance to change. That’s where we come in. At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, clients are exposed to all kinds of new sites, sounds and smells. Since horses are very alluring, most clients are willing to tolerate these new experiences in order to get close to the horse. We gently push them outside of their comfort zone a tiny bit at a time, stretching that window of tolerance so that they become more open and willing across environments. I know this is true, as just yesterday, I had a father tell me how much N.E.A.T. had helped his daughter “I took her skiing 3 times this year!” He admits he never thought it would happen “but N.E.A.T. helped” her to become more adaptable to new situations.
If you know a child struggling with day-to-day challenges, we are here to help. Call or email and we will schedule a visit for you. We will tour the ranch, meet the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.