Timmins stable to offer equine-based ASD therapy

August 14, 2017 by  

Children with autism spectrum disorders can often benefit from therapy programs involving horses, and one such initiative will be offered in Timmins.

The Mini Wheats Horse Program will be partnering with the Timmins Therapeutic Riding Association to provide a program of unmounted activities involving miniature horses. The participants will work with the animals and care for them, all while developing their communication, problem solving, and “self regulation” skills.

The program is open to anyone between the ages of 6 to 15 years of age who has been diagnosed as having an ASD. Those who participate will need to have their parent or guardian on site, and are asked to arrive dressed for the occasion. Open-toed shoes or sandals will not be permitted, and those with long hair are asked to tie it back. They will also need to be able to follow instructions and work independently.

Rainbow Stables will serve as the venue for the activity, and there will be no fee charged to participate. A printing services provider will be able to supply T-shirts and other custom apparel for the staff and volunteers who will be working with the participants in an initiative like this.

This program that employs miniature horses to aid in therapy for those with an ASD is set to begin on September 4, and more information can be found on its event listing.