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Equine Therapy and ADHD: How It Works


For as long as the diagnosis of ADHD has been recognized, there have been experiential methods to treat it. From wilderness excursions to ropes courses, therapists have looked for ways to help those children burdened with high anxiety, short attention span, inability to focus and complete tasks, and heightened excitability, learn to understand and manage their condition. However, one of the difficulties that has been encountered repeatedly in working with ADHD children is a way to teach them the necessary social skills to develop effective relationships. As often those around ADSHD children will complain about their apparent lack of interest, difficulty in carrying on a meaningful conversation, and maintaining accountability, relationships are often strained. And while they may be able to learn to use goal and completion charts to organize and complete their own tasks, children with ADHD may continue to struggle with face to face interactions. While verbal reminders have fallen short, therapists have turned to non-verbal methods to help these children identify how they present and the impact that it has on those around them. This is where equine therapy has, of recent, been utilized quite intently.

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  • April 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Claire,
    Very interesting article about a subject I’d only heard limited things about.

    Actually, I thought it was so interesting that I made a blog post about it 😉

    http://attentionhandbook.com/78/adhd-horses-and-equine-therapy.html

    I raised a few points/questions in my post and I wonder if you have anything to add? Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Best,
    Brad

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