Programs

Special Needs Therapy with a Difference

We provide our Programs in Gingin Shire, approximately 1 hour north of Perth, Western Australia. If you are out of State, or cannot get to us, you can register your interest with us for other Organisations near you that run our Programs. If you are interested in owning an AHA trained therapy horse, please inquire via our Contact Page.

We use equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT) techniques within a behavioural therapy approach, resulting in our unique, evidence based programs. This means the outcomes of our programs are objectively measurable.

“He smiled. He never smiles.”

You will see the effect of our Program on the functional capacity of your child. You will notice improvement or maintenance of independent practical activities, behaviour and cognitive processing where applicable.

At Autism Horses Australia we understand the stress and confusion that comes with not only finding a Provider, but applying your NDIS funding to your child’s support categories; in a way that honours your child’s specific sensory needs and preferences!

That’s why our programs are provided in either sensory seeking or sensory avoidance formats, as well as specifically tailored to each ASD Level 1, 2 and 3.

If your child’s sensory profile has both seeking and avoidance indicators, is not yet finished their diagnostic assessment, or you would like to learn more about EAAT before committing to a full Program, we recommend either an individual session, or our Sensory Sessions. We also welcome enquiries from NDIS Support Co-ordinators.

All of our Programs focus on the relationship between the child and the horse, rather than being Solution or Goal Orientated as many therapies are. If you have noticed your child avoiding meeting requests in their other therapies, ‘demand avoidance’, our Programs will delight and relieve you.

Sensory Sessions 45 minutes

Sensory Sessions are Introductory Sessions to our Program. Available in small group or individual sessions, they suit all ASD Levels and sensory seeking as well as sensory avoidant children. Your child will sit in an open space as an observer to our herd team of horses. Your child can choose to watch, touch, interact (or not), or feed the therapy horses with the guidance of the Counsellor and team.

ASD Level 1 Program

The Level 1 Program is a 6 stage Program. If your child completes all six stages, they can then attend and participate in Sessions in any capacity; however your child is not required to follow the Program all the way through. Sensory seeking and avoidant children follow the same Program outline but in either a seeking or avoidant experiential session.

  1. Observing and meeting the herd team. These sessions include physical proximity to the herd team for both sensory profiles, may include introduction to a specific therapy horse, saying ‘hello’ to a specific therapy horse, and may include touching, petting and stroking therapy horses for sensory seeking children, or feeding therapy horses for sensory avoidant children.
  2. Meeting and communication with your own therapy horse, including acknowledging each other in the therapy setting and saying ‘hello’ to each other. These sessions include physical proximity to your horse for both sensory profiles, and may include talking to and being beside your horse.
  3. Bonding with your horse, including boundaries and touch. These sessions include grooming the horse for sensory seekers, and standing or seated next to each other for sensory avoiders.
  4. Building relationship with your horse, including interacting through request and response. These sessions include walking the horse for sensory seekers, and reading to the horse for sensory avoidant.
  5. Building trust with your horse, including having your horses attention before you ask him to do something. These sessions include dressing your horse up in fancy dress for sensory seekers, and washing your horse for sensory avoidant.
  6. Putting it all together, including consistency with your horse. These sessions include repeating and combining the Program, transitioning through activity changes in both sensory profiles and may include sitting on the horse.

ASD Level 2 Program

The Level 2 Program is a 3 stage Program. Sensory seeking and avoidant children follow the same Program outline but in either a sensory seeking or avoidant experiential session.

  1. Observing and meeting the herd team. These sessions include physical proximity to the herd team for both sensory profiles, may include introduction to a specific therapy horse, saying ‘hello’ to a specific therapy horse, and may include touching, petting and stroking therapy horses for sensory seeking or assisting watching and feeding therapy horses for sensory avoidant children.
  2. Meeting and communication with your own therapy horse, including acknowledging each other in the therapy setting and saying ‘hello’ to each other. These sessions include physical proximity to your own therapy horse for both sensory profiles, and may include talking to, petting/touch/stroking for sensory seeking, and being beside your horse for sensory avoidant.
  3. Bonding with your horse, including boundaries and touch. These sessions may include grooming the horse for sensory seekers, and standing or seated next to each while touching, stroking/petting for sensory avoiders. Once completing Stage 3 of this Program, further sessions focus on building the relationship with your therapy horse and may include walking with, feeding and sitting on your horse.

ASD Level 3 Program

The Level 3 Program is a 2 Stage Relationship Program. Sensory seeking and avoidant children follow the same Program outline but in either a sensory seeking or avoidant experiential session.

  1. Observing and meeting the herd team. These sessions include physical proximity to the herd team for both sensory profiles, may include introduction to a specific therapy horse, saying ‘hello’ to a specific therapy horse, and may include touching, petting and stroking therapy horses for sensory seeking children, or assisting and watching feeding therapy horses for sensory avoidant children.
  2. Meeting and communication with your own therapy horse, including acknowledging each other in the therapy setting and saying ‘hello’ to each other. These sessions include physical proximity to your own therapy horse for both sensory profiles, and may include talking to, petting/touch/stroking for sensory seeking, and being beside your horse for sensory avoidant.

We are here to help. If you are unsure of your child’s dominant sensory profile, ask us for our Sensory Profiling questionnaire at the time of your booking, or get in touch on the Contact Page. Our team are standing or pawing by!

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