" CHANGE THE HEART OF A PARENT, CHANGE THE COURSE OF A CHILD."
Allen Hacienda Summer Therapy Days
Hours are from 9-12 with lunch included. Cost is $25 per child. $10 each additional sibling. Please call to make reservation. 210-548-0740
About Allen Hacienda
Kids and animals are a natural combination. Animals make great companions for any child. For children with disabilities, this companionship is particularly invaluable, as they may have trouble making friends with kids their own ages because of low self-esteem that is usually brought on by a diagnosis. Animals give children an opportunity to connect with another living being, which is extremely important to any child’s development. Animal Assisted Therapy provides an experience with an animal that is non-judgmental, gives affection unconditionally, and provides opportunities for physical and emotional therapy. Therapy for strengthening muscles through horseback riding, a boost of confidence with service dogs and cats and the playful interaction with farm animals is what we provide at the Allen Hacienda
Riding horses for therapeutic purposes has helped children with a very wide range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental disorders, brain injury, Cerebral Palsy, seizure disorders, visual and hearing impairment, learning disorders, emotional problems, anxiety disorder, behavioral problems, and other problems. Riding horses improves muscle tone, balance, posture, motor coordination, concentration, self-confidence, and self-esteem. While these statements may lack scientific backing, we used our own son’s journey through Autism and his interaction with animals to provide a blue print for our services. Nonverbal children are encouraged to use words to tell the horse what to do. Once a child begins to use the appropriate words, including the horse’s name, they gain confidence, which leads to further speech development. Learning how to appropriately interact with the horse also teaches a child invaluable tools for developing social skills with the humans in their world. Also, while we enjoy the riding and interaction, we also promote bonding through the care of the animals. The children and animals both enjoy the bond created when a child is brushing and petting a horse or other animal on the property. Because of the special bond that often develops between animals and child, animals can sometimes fill the role of comforter. Since the relationship is non-judgmental from the animal’s perspective, a hurting child might be more willing to initially trust an animal than a person.