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 within 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
- 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.