Equine Assisted Learning

Equine Assisted Learning & Therapy Intervention

Highland Heights offers a unique opportunity for participants that need a different approach to therapy and learning. Equine assisted learning and therapy caters to participants that have been in traditional therapy for a long time and either know the expected responses or just tell the therapist what they want to hear, therefore remaining stuck. The key to our approach is the strength-based facilitation, the farm environment and the animals, mainly horses. Some of the areas of specialization include:

  • Youth & Adolescence Behaviors
  • Adoptive & Foster Children
  • Grief & Loss
  • Family Relations
  • Abuse
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism spectrum
  • Learning Challenges

Equine Assisted learning & therapy is especially suited for youth, in that it’s not an office-based intervention. Working with the horses is engaging, interesting and, in the words of many of our clients, “It doesn’t feel like therapy!” The clients are not required to be verbal about their thoughts and feelings; instead they are allowed the opportunity to try out new behaviors and get instant feedback from an unbiased source: the horse. At Highland Heights, we frequently work with children and teenagers who are struggling and can assist them and their families in dealing with a variety of emotions & behavioral challenges that include:

  • Trust/BondingEAL
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • Accepting Responsibility
  • Developing Healthy Relationships
  • Self-regulation
  • Empathy
  • Courage to make changes
  • Anger Management

At Highland Heights, we offer both Equine Assisted Learning & Therapy.  At the request of the attending therapist or agency, goals are set and sessions are specifically designed to meet those individuals’ goals. Most of the sessions revolve around the client’s observations of the horse’s interactions and behaviors to a variety of circumstances and comparing how the horse’s reaction either differs or is the same to their own. It is much easier for the clients to talk about the horses than themselves.

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