Autism Spectrum Disorder

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What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ?

The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment or disability that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, while others are severely disabled. The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) no longer includes Asperger’s syndrome; the characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome are included within the broader category of ASD.

Symptoms of ASD include:
  • Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts;
  • Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities;
  • Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (typically recognized in the first two years of life); and,
  • Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.

How does Equine Therapy Help Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Equine Therapy Strengthens:

Social Skills & Relationships

Patience & Impulse Control

Focus & Concentration

Respect & Responsibility

Empathy & Communication

Confidence & Self -Esteem

Teamwork & Problem-Solving

Emotional Control & Self Discipline

Anger & Stress Management skills

Physical Benefits Include:

Building core muscle strength and physical activity

Sharpening hand/eye coordination

Gaining a sense of body-awareness

Improving fine motor coordination

Improving sensory integration

Toning and relaxing tight muscles

Increasing balance