Most kids experience some resistance/anxiety to new situations. We are not surprised when on the first day of school to see kids crying and clinging as parents dolefully walk away from them. But, in a short time, most kids adjust. They may later express some concern about other new and different situations, but usually, with just a bit of reassurance, most kids are able to step out and become more confident with each challenge they face.
But, this is not true for every child. There is that child that struggles every day to get up and out the door to go to school. They will try every angle to not have to go. They have few friends and become more and more isolated as time goes by. Without interventions, this can become life defining and possibly even life threatening.
This article in NEWS Medical Life Sciences, talks about social anxiety, its causes, the symptoms and things that can be done to help our children heal.
Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy offers a unique and powerful intervention that combines aspects of both cognitive and exposure therapy. Our clients are exposed to new and potentially challenging situations while working with them on building coping and self-soothing skills. Each client works with a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) and the horse of their choice. They start on the ground learning about horse and herd behavior, about how to stay safe around horses and building a relationship with the horse they work with. As time goes by, our clients mount and work on these and other skills, such as making choices and solving problems, that help build their confidence help them see that they can be successful.
If you have a child or teen that struggles with social situations, that ‘hates’ going to school or seems to be isolated, with few friends, perhaps you need to consider finding help. We are here for you. Give us a call of send us an email and we will schedule a visit. We will show you around the ranch, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.