There are some key mental processes, executive functioning and self regulation, that enable children to plan, focus, remember instructions and complete tasks sucessfully. These skills are curcial for learning and overall development.
Children aren’t born with these skills — they are born with the potential to develop them and they need support to build on these skills. Our sessions with the horses offers a non-judgmental space where we help children to reflect and explore their strengths and areas for development through their interactions with horses and completing activities with them. These sessions work particularly well for children who are unwilling to take risks with their learning at school and/or who do want to try activities which they perceive to be difficult.
Over four to six sessions (depending on the group progress), we focus on three types of cognitive functions which executive function and self-regulation skills depend on: organisation and planning, working memory, and inhibitory control. Through carefully designed tasks with the horses, children are encouraged to be aware of their thinking process (meta-cognition) and adjust their thinking / behaviours to complete the activities successfully.
The sessions are delivered by an Equine Specialist and the Mental Health Professional who is also an Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychologist.
Maximum group of four children for 1hour session.
Cost: £60 per person per session
or call: 07949 862464