What is therapeutic equine assistance & Learning?
This involves specially selected and trained horses and specialist staff, highly experienced in various special educational needs, particularly in autism. Lucy is qualified & trained in therapeutic equine assisted learning, counselling, mental health awareness, health and social care level 3, and first aid. TEAL staff have over 28 combined experience working with children with SEN needs, and over 18 years working with horses, mostly using natural horsemanship techniques.
This is all delivered in a natural, non clinical environment. TEAL is based in a beautiful countryside location in Kent. Being in natural environment's has been scientifically proven to improve people's well being. TEAL deliver therapeutic assistance to a wide range of people, such as difficulties with traditional schooling, special educational needs, poor literacy & numeracy skills, learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties, communication and speech, change established behaviour patterns, learn new skills, confidence building, reducing anxiety, fine & Gross motor skills, concentration, relaxation, Increase self confidence, Raise self esteem, Improve communication skills, Seek a different approach in dealing with depression, people in care homes with Huntington's, dementia and other associated disorders.
All our horse's are wheelchair trained so we can lead from wheelchairs around the beautiful farm and still be groomed and painted even to those with restricted movement.
TEAL currently offers a Level 1 basic stable care and equine management course, and a level 2 Grooms course.
We have had great success with the students that have undertaken the course, many of whom would have left education with no qualifications and now have a pathway to further education or working within the equine industry.
All our students now regularly volunteer at TEAL and one of them is going to complete our Equine facilitators course and become a full time member of TEAL.