What happens in a session?
EAL is a team approach, involving liason with the individual as well as parents, support workers, mental health providers, school staff etc., as appropriate.
Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each individual, family or group, and can be arranged on days and at times to suit.
Courses run during term times and holidays.
There are lots of different activities involving the horses, from simply observing them in the field to setting up activities which require the client to apply skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, communication, taking
responsibility, leadership, teamwork and having fun!
Many children with learning difficulties benefit from sensory experiences and enjoy extended periods of time lying full length on the horse's back. They often derive great comfort from this and stimming often reduces in this situation.
Very shy or non-verbal children are encouraged to become
more assertive and begin to communicate in the safety of the relationship with the horse.
Although EAL may benefit a therapeutic population, it is not a mental health service.