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Midweek Muster

About

Term 4

An 8 week after school program for 12-16 year olds.

Happening Wednesday afternoons 3.30pm-5pm, October 12th - November 30th.

Combined Art Therapy/Equine Assisted Therapy/Nature Therapy.

$65 per session

(can be claimed through the NDIS if eligible)

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The goals

  • Provision of a support to empower participants and improve interactions between participants and their social networks.

  • Provision of support to a participant to assist them to engage effectively in the community through a group approach to help achieve goals, gain insight into their lives, and make informed decisions.

  • To provide a supportive network for home schoolers who may feel isolated at times from peers.

  • To help participants deal with the day to day anxiety which school may bring up for them

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The benefits

Equine assisted therapy has been proven to be effective in reducing children’s irritability, agitation and impulsivity, and increases cooperation, emotional regulation, capacity for delay and behavioural control.

Equine assisted therapy sessions focus on themes such as self-confidence and self-esteem, self-efficacy and a sense of mastery from successfully overcoming challenges, social skills and an empathy for others.

Working with the horses is a ‘bottom up’ not ‘top down’ therapy and it is often found that children who have difficulty discussing emotions and feelings can become more open and articulate during time with the horses as they become more aware of these emotions.

The sessions are ground work only, grooming, leading and learning about horse care, combined with some art activities to help regulate emotions.

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