IMMERSION is a collaboration between Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and High Hopes and made possible by a grant from the Baker Foundation, funding the program through “Autism Speaks”.
Each program enables 12 children between the ages of 4 and 6 to spend four days immersed in equine assisted activities and therapies; on and off the saddle. This year’s participants experienced riding for the first time, met Ezra the therapy dog, enjoyed sensory crafts – and had fun in the sun – all with specific therapeutic goals, supported by the L&M PT team.
Short rotations provide opportunities for skill acquisition. The L&M Hospital provides one-on-one support from Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Language Therapists and specially trained Volunteers and nationaly Certified Riding Instructors from High Hopes complete the team. Children are exposed to a range of sensory experiences both mounted and unmounted. The High Hopes sensory trail is a woodland trail with twists, turns, inclines, sloping paths, and varied terrain. Eight different obstacles challenge the rider’s auditory, visual, tactile, and olfactory abilities and the natural environment that allows the rider to develop skills outside of the regularity of the arena.
A picture tells 1000 words – and in his case, far more. Here are some more wonderful photographs of IMMERSION Summer 2017.