Riding horses is proven to address several symptoms commonly found in special needs classrooms, and especially affiliated with autism: lack of communication and social skills, lowered sensory skills, motor skills and response to verbal cues and external stimuli. For over ten years, Pony Power has worked with Bergen County Special Services classrooms as well as other school districts and experienced great success.
School groups come weekly to the farm for a one-hour session where the students ride for half an hour and participate in classroom activities for the other half hour. Mounted instruction emphasizes establishing a routine that consists of a warm up, review of skills, introduction of a new skill and a cool down to facilitate in the transition to classroom activities. Our classroom curriculum has been created in conjunction with an occupational therapist in an effort to maximize functional outcomes. In order to provide the optimal experience, group sizes are limited to 8 students, for whom riding has been indicated.
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