The number of people diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum has rapidly increased in the last 10 years. Society is in the process of learning how to adapt to the way these special people think and operate.
As children, we learn most of our social skills and interaction through our innate ability to learn through experiences. That may be carer-child relationship/interaction or peer interaction. For a child on the spectrum, this learning is compromised due to the sensory issues that they face. Whether they are hypersensitive or hyposensitive, they can therefore lack in certain areas of life skills as they may have missed or been uncomfortable during this learning stage.
During horsing around, we watch and try to understand the individual whilst they play in the surroundings. This allows us to grasp a concept of how they learn and explore, meaning that by using the equipment and incorporating the horse, we can try to encourage a better interaction and build on these skills in a way that the individual feels comfortable with. Our main aim is to allow the individual to learn through their own experiences and encourage them in a way that is led by them.