Research shows that around nearly 1 in every 68 children have an Austim Spectrum disorder. This means that these children display some autistic tendencies and fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. These tendencies, traits and characteristics differ by child.
Autism is a disorder which affects children of all ages and all over the world. They show difficulty in developing a normal behaviour with other people. The causes are unknown but experts and parents usually conclude that it’s because of prenatal damage to the brain.
There are quite a few ways to effectively manage autism and they all include getting the individual to communicate effectively with social skills training. One method which can be quite effective here is hippotherapy. Children just love horses. They can form a bond with these animals and this can go a long way in helping to treat autism.
Hippotherapy is used for describing the movement of horses as part of treatment strategies that are used by speech, occupational and physical therapists. Psychiatrists find that children who have autism have trouble communicating but when they are around horses, they can achieve more. It isn’t about teaching about horse care or riding but just the fact that staying around horses helps improve their brainwave patterns.
It has been proven that children can manage horses very well, sometimes even better than adults. They develop equal relationships with the animals instead of trying to control them. Children who are given insight into dealing with horses can very easily become natural leaders. The horse will feel safe too and will cooperate more in such situations.
This way, children can improve their communication skills, cognitive, psychological and behavioural functioning, coordination and motor skills, sensory integration and muscle tone, postural control, trunk and head control, cardiovascular conditioning and strength. Now that’s quite a lot of benefits from one simple activity wouldn’t you say?