New program coming this fall!
Nature and Equine Assisted
Social-Emotional Learning Program
for Neurodivergent children and youth
Starting mid October 2021
6 week outdoor program; 1 hour per week
Individualized and 1:1 support
The fall program is FULL.
Details for our winter program coming soon!
Children/youth on the Autism spectrum, Children/youth with ADHD
Children/youth with Learning Disabilities
Note: This service is provided by a regulated Occupational Therapist/Psychotherapist in partnership with a Special Needs Education Consultant, as listed on Autism Ontario's CommunityConnect .
What is Social Emotional Learning?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children learn and apply a set of skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values that help them to direct their thoughts, feelings, and actions in ways that promote learning, health and wellbeing.
What are SEL skills?
SEL skills cross cognitive, social and emotional domains and include:
Cognitive domain: Attention control, inhibitory control, working memory and planning skills, cognitive flexibility and critical thinking
Social domain: understanding social cues, social problem solving and prosocial/cooperative behaviour
Emotional domain: emotional knowledge and expression, emotional and behavioural regulation, empathy/perspective taking.
Our Unique 3 R's Approach to Social-Emotional Learning
We offer an integrated approach to SEL that draws upon nature and the wisdom of horses to promote learning across the cognitive, social and emotional domains of each child's experience and potential.
This approach is grounded in the EPI model of equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning and focuses on each child's strengths and the unique ways in which they experience, interact with and interpret the world.
We aim to create opportunities for neurodiverse children and youth to learn and put to use what we refer to as the 3 R's for life that supports social- emotional learning and promotes wellbeing.
The 3 R's
Emotional Regulation (developing strategies to respond to your experiences in the world in a manner that is tolerable and flexible)
Resourcing (restoring connection to your inner and outer resources that bring comfort and support during times of stress or dysregulation)
Raising Awareness (becoming aware of different aspects of yourself, others and the environment that influences how you think, feel, and act.