Choice Equine Learning benefits learners who have difficulties with traditional schooling and to help re-engage students in academic learning. We work with a range of learners, including those who:
Have special educational needs includes working with those diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, dyslexia.
Poor literacy or numeracy skills.
Disadvantaged, vulnerable or excluded.
Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, including school phobias.
Young people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEETs).
Changing established behaviour patterns.
Learn new skills.
At risk of exclusion.
We can work with schools, youth offending teams (YOTS), youth inclusion support panels (YISPs), CAMHS and many other agencies.
Working one-to-one or in groups of up to 6; Choice Equine Learning can develop specific programmes that run for 6 to 8 weeks or provide ongoing sessions. Each session is tailored to the learning, educational or therapeutic needs of the particular individual or group, and the desired outcomes.
Please note these are non-riding sessions, as we are not a riding school.
In equine facilitated education, the emphasis is about learning skills. Working with the horses can help learners to learn academic skills and, where appropriate, we can co-ordinate lessons to deliver a basic skills-oriented education program as in schools: reading, writing and arithmetic. Through working with Choice Equine Learning we can also deliver professionally recognised qualifications that can lead onto further educational qualifications.
The idea is that children and young people can find new pathways for learning though being in a completely different environment from the classroom and being outside with horses. These learning experiences can bring about a new found way of learning and social and emotional awareness which can be transferred back into school, college and everyday life.
Equine facilitated learning provides an opportunity for kinaesthetic learning by engaging in simple activities with the horses, either through leading or working with them loose. It also encourages learners to think in a different way "outside of the box" enabling them to learn new transferable skills, whilst strengthening observation and social skills and encouraging a change of priorities.
Research and feedback into equine facilitated experiential learning shows that the following outcomes can be achieved:
Horses do not work to a script and therefore their reactions during a session cannot be staged. We work "in the moment" from the feedback that the horses give. Whilst these sessions are "therapeutic" in their nature our equine assisted learning sessions are not counselling or psychotherapy. With experiential learning, processing experiences can bring up past experiences with specific feelings and thoughts attached to them. Equine assisted learning sessions accept and allow the learner to validate these experiences, but focus is not prolonged as the framework is to be educational. For a lot of learners this may be enough as there may be other professionals involved such as counsellors.
We do seek to support all learners with the additional support that they require and therefore can provide sessions supported by counsellors, speech and language therapists and psychotherapists.
As well as being a professional trained facilitator in equine assisted learning, I am a secondary school trained teacher of 12 years and have experience of working with a range of children and young people with a variety of needs.
If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us.