Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida has been providing equine-assisted activities (EAA) – a recreational therapy that people with special needs can receive – for almost 30 years.
Using all five senses as they ride, students process visual, auditory, and tactile information which leads to significantly improved muscle tone, strength, speech, balance, and coordination. Over the years, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida have helped hundreds of riders improve their self-confidence, self-awareness & self-esteem, their interaction with the world around them and given them the feelings of freedom and joy from riding.
Founded in 1982, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida is a private, non-profit organisation serving children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. As a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapuetic Horsemanship (PATH), this puts Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida within the top 25% of over 730 equine programs worldwide.
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida is dedicated to providing therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities for special needs children and adults so they may improve physically, mentally and emotionally.
There are numerous benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies. While riding, students have experienced significantly improved muscle tone, strength, speech, balance and coordination. At Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, our concept is to create a therapy strategy that helps our riders attain their goals and works in harmony with their other therapies. Individual lesson plans are developed and regular rider assessments measure progress towards goals. This approach allows our instructors to adapt the equine-assisted therapy to meet each rider’s needs.
While riding our horses individuals with limited mobility experience independent movement. Non-verbal and autistic children find their voices. The riders find themselves focusing on what they can do, instead of what they cannot do.
Programs are offered in: interactive vaulting – a type of gymnastics on horseback, hippotherapy – speech and physical therapy that uses the movements of the horse as a key aide, equine-facilitated learning – a curriculum that teaches about horse care, equine-facilitated psychotherapy – using horses to explore feelings and behaviour, therapeutic riding – gentle riding to assist physical development.
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida has assisted many people in the local community and enjoys an excellent reputation with supporters, students, staff and anyone who attends one of their well-known fundraising events! Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida would like to continue assisting new and existing students to make a difference to their physical and learning lives.
What you can do
Volunteers can get hands-on caring for the horses and assist with the students’ classes. While qualified instructors and therapists lead all of the sessions, volunteers can add value by leading horse and/ or walking beside the rider.
All volunteers are taken through orientation sessions so you have the chance to learn about how you can assist and participate in all of the different therapies and activities around the centre.
There is a one off charge of $30 to volunteer with Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida.
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida is located on the East coast of the USA.
You will need to find your own accommodation when you volunteer with Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida. They are a friendly group of people with lots of local knowledge and contacts and will assist you with your search.
You will need to coordinate your own transport to/ from and during your stay in South Florida.
“During my short time at Horses and the Handicapped, I saw an extremely dedicated staff and community support system that made all who entered the barn feel welcome. My volunteer group’s hard work produced tangible results and connections with the students of H&H who genuinely benefit from this organization. We left very eager to return soon!”
Lauren, volunteer, from Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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