In this day and age, I would guess that most people have heard of autism and have at least a vague understanding of what this neurological condition is all about. For some people it will be simply be a ‘oh yeah, I’ve heard of it,’ while for many it will be all about a life of personal experience. Through the years there has been incredible debate about what causes autism and it seems that new information becomes available all the time.
In this TIME Health piece, the results of a recent study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) are presented. It is interesting because they went back and used data from a previous study, but considered the information from a new perspective. The finding show a shift towards a great ‘environmental’ influence, but also emphasizes that genetics still plays the largest role.
No matter the causes, there is very strong evidence that the earlier and more intensive the interventions provided, the greater chances a child has to be able to integrate and function well in mainstream populations. There are many very, very good interventions available and equine assisted therapy is among them.
From stimulating language centers of the brain through mounted work, to helping children work through sensory issues, equine assisted therapy offers many benefits for those on the autism spectrum. Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy works with children as young as 4, teens and even adults, on the autism spectrum. Working one-on-one with a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) and a horse the client chosen, we focus on each clients individual goals and objectives. The client’s
specific situation, from developing appropriate self-soothing techniques to improving social awareness, is the focus of the work we do in partnership with our horses.
If you know someone with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) we are here to help. We are happy to make an appointment for you to come and visit us. We will show you around the ranch, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about what your dealing and share how we might be able to help. Call or email today to schedule a visit.