N.E.A.T. Receives Recognition for Service to the Community

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Local Horse Therapy Business Wins Cash Award, Vows To Pay It Forward With Senior Program

WASHOE VALLEY, NV, May 11, 2017 — Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy (N.E.A.T.) received a generous donation from the Northern Nevada chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) along with three other industry-related organizations. On Saturday, May 6, 2017. N.E.A.T, was honored by the commercial real estate organizations for service to the community. A check was presented to the equine therapy organization at Rancharrah during NAIOP’s Annual Summit Awards.

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy was both grateful for and pleasantly surprised by the generous gift. “We are rewarded by our clients’ successes every day,” said Laurie Roberts, co-owner of N.E.A.T. “The fact that someone outside our circle values the mental health services we provide is icing on the cake.”

Thanks to the generosity of NAIOP, N.E.A.T. is able to pay it forward by starting a pilot equine therapy program for seniors, similar to those at the University of California at Davis and The Hacienda At The River, a senior living facility in Arizona. “We have always enjoyed the work we’ve done with seniors, and have been researching successful programs for awhile now,” said Bambi Spahr, co-owner of N.E.A.T. “The monetary award from NAIOP is just the push we needed to get the ball officially rolling.”

N.E.A.T. will be collaborating with a variety of local organizations, including the Sierra Association of Foster Families and the University of Nevada Reno’s Sanford Center for Aging, to develop a program that meets the community’s needs.

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy is also currently entered in a contest to win a Gypsy Vanner horse, which N.E.A.T. owners say would be an ideal horse for work with seniors as well as others. The top 20 equine therapy organizations in the contest will win a free horse. To support N.E.A.T.’s efforts to win, people can vote daily through June 15, 2017.

N.E.A.T. offers social, emotional, behavioral and mental health interventions for children as young as four, teens, adults and seniors. The organization works with individuals, small groups, couples, siblings, and families. Clients come from a variety of referral sources, including self-referral, parents or guardians, teachers, clinicians, and community and social service agencies.

Additional services include preauthorized psycho-social rehabilitation for Medicaid mental health patients.

Contact:

Laurie Roberts

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy

NEATinfo@yahoo.com

(775) 750-9823

 

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PTSD is NOT Just Something That Happens to Veterans

We are only now starting to acknowledge the terrible consequences for so many people who have experienced trauma in their lives. PTSD can be severely debilitating and can actually be a death sentence if threatening.

One of the things about PTSD, is that it is sort of a ‘spectrum disorder’ in that everyone experiences this disorder in a very personal way. ‘Triggers’ may be different and responses may be different. The person with PTSD may have minor symptoms or may have symptoms that define their lives. This moving piece by Alexis Rose on HuffPost shares one woman’s experiences with PTSD.  We need to remember that children, teens and adults can all experience trauma that can result in PTSD.

There are many treatment options for those struggling with PTSD. Equine Therapy can be a very powerful part of any treatment plan. We work with children as young as 4, teens and adults. Our program is focused on each client’s individual goals. They work one-on-one

with a Qualified Mental Health Associate and the horses they have chosen to work with. Through both ground work and mounted work, clients work on many things including increasing the ability to stay focused, decreasing impulsive behaviors, improving self-soothing/calming skills and many other things.

If you or someone you know has experienced trauma or is showing symptoms of PTSD, seek help! We are here for you. Call or email and we will schedule a visit to our ranch. We will show you around, introduce the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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Some Interesting New Information PTSD

It is always been interesting that some people, no matter what happens in their lives seem to bounce back. Whether it is the loss of a job, some kind of illness or accident, or even the loss of a loved one. They seem to deal with it and move on, while others seem unable to deal with the smallest set-back

CNN reports on a new study that may explains some of this. Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that some people really are more resilient than others, and this may be, at least in part, due to genetics!

It seems to me that this is all the more reason to seek help if you or someone you know has experienced some form of trauma and is struggling on a daily basis.

For many reasons, work with horses can be a powerful part of finding a way through PTSD.

*Because horses are ‘prey’ animals (other animals eat them!) they tend to be somewhat hyper-vigilant, a common problem for people living with PTSD. By finding a way to understand why horses are this way, our clients are often better able to understand their own responses in any given situation and understanding may be the first step to making a change.

*What’s more horses live in the moment, neither worrying about what happened before or thinking about what may happen tomorrow. People with PTSD often have trouble letting go of things that have happened and may experience extreme anxiety about what may happen in the future. The horses can help ground people and bring them back to ‘right now,’ allowing them to set aside yesterday and tomorrow.

Many of Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy’s staff have received training in Trauma Informed Practices. We are to help. We work one-on-one with each client and ‘their’ horse, addressing the client’s specific goals and assist in finding a path to health and healing.

Call or email us to schedule a visit. We will introduce you to our wonderful horses, show you around the ranch, learn more about what you are dealing with and will share how we may be able to help.

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What Teens Are Really Saying

The recent TV series ’13 Reasons Why’ has brought a lot of attention to teen suicide. This is a very difficult subject for teens, parents and frankly, all of us. It is heartbreaking to think that anyone so young is so full of sadness and depression that they decide it is less painful to be done.

We have to be vigilant, as teens are not always comfortable or honest with us or themselves about what they are experiencing.  As this Newsweek article shares, teens may state that they are ‘sad’ or ‘down’ instead of saying the are depressed, which of course makes it all too easy to miss the signs that something serious is going on.

If you have concerns about a teen, talk to them and if your concerns continue, seek help. There are many resources available. In Nevada you can contact our ‘Office of Suicide Prevention’ which has a specific youth department.

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy can refer you to local professionals and may be a powerful part of any treatment team. We are here to help. Even if you feel that your teen is ‘just going through a rough patch,’ work with horses can help. Call or email and we will schedule a visit to the ranch for you. We will show you around, introduce the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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We Offer The Love of Horses to All

This is a personal statement. When I first got into horses, it was truly one of the most wonderful moments of my life. Mystic was such a incredible gift and I spent just about every spare minute with her. I wasn’t young and had never been particularly athletic, but man, I worked hard to be able to ride and enjoyed just hanging out with this incredible creature!

The years have gone by and I have had a series of physical set backs. Knees, hips all going south and as I became less active (due to pain) the pounds have crept on. In the last few years I have not ridden much and that has been a loss for me. To be honest, not only was pain an issue, but I was concerned about how my weight would affect my horse. But you know what? That’s BS!! Yes, ideally horses carry about 25% (give or take based on bone structure) of their body weight. However, factoring in that I am not planning on riding long or hard and that we do have some larger horses, in the past year I have again begun to ride. It has been such an incredible gift!  This story on the Horse Network really resonated with me. At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy we offer social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning, as well as mental health interventions. It doesn’t matter how tall you are or how much you weigh. We are even developing a driving program, working with our minis, for those who may not physically be able to ride.

If you or someone you know is looking for a way to build self-confidence, increase leadership skills, improve personal boundaries or rediscover some of life’s magic, call or email us. We will schedule a visit, show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses and learn more about how we may be able to help.

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ADHD is Complicated

Usually a first line of treatment for children struggling with ADHD is medication. The though goes ‘if we can just get them to sit still and focus, they will do better’.

Therefore it surprising and a bit alarming, that this new study finds that medication alone is not enough. The research conducted at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and published in JAMA Pediatrics show that not only do kids continue to struggle in school, but that they are at higher risk of hospitalization for injuries.

There certainly can be many factors that would explain this, from a challenging home life to struggle with peer interactions among others. The fact is that there are a variety of treatment options that can augment what medication alone is able to do. Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy can be a wonderful option for addressing very specific behaviors that those with ADHD deal with. We can increase focus, decrease impulsivity, boost self confidence and help kids/teens develop more appropriate social interaction skills ALL through work with horses.

If you or someone you know is struggling with ADHD, we are happy to be part of the treatment team! Call or email and we will schedule a visit to the ranch. We will show you around, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how work with horses may be able to help.

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One Woman’s Story

We are lucky enough to see the incredibly powerful response our clients have to the work they do with the horses!

Whether it is a child struggling with ADHD,  a teen working through depression or an adult dealing with PTSD, we see so much growth and healing. Here is a personal story in People Magazine that shares how Beth Behrs found her way to a happier, healthier life through work with horses.

We work 1-on-1-on 1 (one client, one Qualified Mental Health Associate and one horse) with children as young as 4, teens, adults and seniors, on their specific goals and objectives. Our clients start on the ground learning about horse and herd behavior, how to halter, lead, groom and tack up their horse. As long as there is no physical reason why a client can not ride, on week 4, they are up and riding. We always work at the client’s pass and help them work through any part of the process that is challenging for them.

If you or someone you know is struggling with social, emotional, behavioral or mental health concerns, we are here to help. Call or email and we will schedule a visit for you. We will show you around, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about the challenges you are dealing with and how we may be able to help.

 

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Many Teens Are Struggling

Our world is full of challenges and stress! Teens today are often more aware and engaged in what is going on in the world. We may not be aware that they are watching us and noting when we are concerned about not only day-to-day issues, but bigger things as well. Add to that their own personal concerns about themselves, their peers, school, perhaps a job, and you have a potentially very stressful situation, that many teens are just not ready to deal with. This stress can lead to all kinds of anxiety that untreated can become a serious and potentially life-long problem.

This Huffington Post article gives some good advice on how to help a teen who may be struggling.

Several of the things suggested, such as ‘act’ and ‘distract’ can be accomplished through work with horses!  Work with horses builds confidence. It introduces new and challenging situations in non-judgemental and supportive environment. It encourages leadership skills. And besides, it’s fun!

If you know a teen that is struggling, seek help. We are here for you. Call or email and we will schedule a visit. We’ll show you around, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

 

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ADHD in Adults

I think there are many of us that feel like we are scattered and all over the place. We have trouble staying focused and find ourselves ‘multi-tasking’ (often badly).  We feel overwhelmed and disorganized. It may be that this is just the results of a full and stressful life. However, it is also possible that you are struggling with Adult ADHD.

There is some good new on this front. As noted in this MedScape article, researchers have developed a pretty simple 6 question test that allows them to determine if in fact the respondent is (likely) dealing with adult ADHD.

Having a diagnosis allows a person to seek appropriate interventions. Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy offers a unique and powerful intervention for people living with ADHD. Through work with horses, we can help improve focus, decrease impulsive behaviors and rebuild self-confidence/self-esteem that may have been damaged due to feelings of anxiety and depression over being ‘out of control’ or unable to function well in everyday life.

We are here for you. If you or someone you know is struggling with adult ADHD, seek help. Call or email us and we will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will give you a tour, introduce the horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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Helpful Travel Tips for the Vacation Season

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.

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