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How Horses Help Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Written by LetsRideTherapy. Posted in Horse Stories

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Equine assisted therapy offers therapeutic benefits to adults with developmental disabilities.  Even people who are more severely impacted by developmental challenges, including those who are deaf or non-verbal, can make measurable gains in quality of life due to working with horses.

 Horses provide an excellent way for adults with developmental disabilities to receive the benefits of therapy in a less traditional way, which in turn can be a lot of fun.  Individuals can burn out from a lifetime of traditional therapies, so it’s refreshing for adults with developmental disabilities to work on any social or emotional deficits they live with in a way that connects them with nature, animals, and a unique, non-clinical environment.

Some of the benefits of equine assisted therapy include improvements in the following areas:

  • Communication & social skills

  • Teamwork

  • Responsibility

  • Respect

  • Empathy

  • Trust

  • Honesty

  • Self-control

  • Self-Esteem

  • Problem-solving

  • Boundary setting & compliance

While considered experimental in nature, there is no denying that horses help adults with developmental disabilities in an array of ways, which ultimately  improves their quality of life.

 

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