Equine Assisted Therapy
CIP Brevard partners with Eye of a Horse, a unique equine assisted therapy program in Paradise, Florida to offer our students a new approach to developing social skills, empathy, problem solving skills and much more.
What can individuals with ASD and LD gain from this kind of therapy?
- Awareness skills (discrimination of relevant/irrelevant stimuli)
- Non-verbal communication skills (influencing others & responding to signals from others)
- Practice in reading intentionality
- Social skills (with staff and horses)
- Empathy (practice reading emotions in others)
- Problem-solving skills
- Patience/frustration tolerance
- Self-confidence & self-esteem (horses are non-judgmental)
- Cooperation in working with others
In this video clip, a CIP Brevard social skills instructor points out the benefits of non-mounted equine-assisted activities as her students, who are all young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, are seen engaging in activities with semi-wild Florida Cracker horses on a 4700-acre nature preserve and then directing specially trained horses through an obstacle course utilizing appropriate non-verbal communication.