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ANTI -BULLYING PROGRAM

CREATING AN ARMOUR OF SKILLS

What if we could have a window into our own behaviors?

Horses understand how to differentiate between potentially threatening behavior and a calm and assertive nature. Children and young people who have the chance to work with our youth development programs are able to learn how to modify their behavior through sets of exercises that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This type of teaching cannot be delivered in a classroom. It is the experience of being in close contact with horses that has the most effect on young people.

It has been proven…

That the more senses that are engaged, the greater the likelihood that new learning will be retained. The more we involve learners, the more senses are engaged, thereby increasing the probability that they will learn, retain, and apply what they have learned.

The best way to help children not become victims of bullies is by teaching them bully-proofing skills. Victims of bullies usually exhibit poor communication skills and tend to be left out of activities, leaving them isolated. Our equine assisted learning programs have proven to be ideal for a child who exhibits anti-social communication skills as they provide training in social skills which improves communication skills, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness, self-esteem, and encourages sensory stimulation and ultimately, integration.

WHY CREATE MORE VICTIMS?

A child with bullying issues may be just as much a victim in his own life as the child he directs his aggression towards. Many bullies are children who have been overlooked, misdiagnosed, suffering from neurological disabilities, or abused children themselves. Our equine therapy programs are ideal for a child who exhibits aggressive behavior by promoting positive leadership skills, developing choice-making skills and goal-setting skills and encouraging responsibility, creativity and laughter.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

VICTIMS OF BULLIES 

Our equine programs have proven to be ideal for a child who exhibits anti-social communication skills as they provide training in social skills which improves communication skills, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness, self-esteem, and encourages sensory stimulation and ultimately, integration.

The Barn is the optimum place to realize the differences between;

CO-OPERATION VS COMPETITION

RESPONSIVENESS VS MANIPULATION

ASSERTIVENESS VS AGGRESSION

Bullying Issues Can Be Solved Through Equine Assisted Learning

The news is filled with stories about teen bullies and their victims. We see videos directed towards the victims, such as the “It Gets Better” series of PSA’s. What we don’t see is the flipside, life from the bully’s perspective. A child with bullying issues may be just as much a victim in his own life as the child he directs his aggression towards. Many bullies are children who have been overlooked, misdiagnosed, suffering from neurological disabilities, or abused children themselves. Our equine programs are ideal for a child who exhibits aggressive behavior and anti-social communication skills.

From Anger to Peace

Equine Assisted Learning programs are wonderful for helping troubled children and teens re-establish themselves as confident and assertive young people without the need for aggression. Many of the bullying issues in children and teenagers are brought about from living for an extended period of time in difficult circumstances. There may even be cases of abuse and neglect that have forced a child to react to the world with aggression and mistrust. Often the only refuge for a person who has been abused is to become the abuser themselves.

An equine program is one of the most remarkable forms of therapy that you can give to a child who is in danger of becoming a statistic. Research has shown that people who are in contact with animals, even for short period of time, experience a better quality of health, as well as a more stable and measured outlook on life. Being around a friendly and responsive animal significantly decreases the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Many children and young people with bullying issues have raised levels of cortisol and live in a continual cycle of stress. The same is true for a victim of bullying; just being around horses can raise the levels of confidence and assertion within a timid child.

Children with bullying issues who attend the formal teaching and equine assisted learning programs here at F.E.E.L have shown a significant improvement in a short period of time. This type of therapy works almost miraculous results and has been used effectively by state-funded juvenile departments as a way to reach out to children who are on the edge, and those are the ones that we need to save.

 

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