Autism Spectrum Disorder

Equine-Facilitated Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder at Healing Hooves Therapy

Healing Hooves Therapy is proud to offer equine-facilitated therapy (EFT) as a treatment option for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Las Vegas. EFT utilizes the unique connection between horses and humans to create a supportive and engaging environment that can address many of the core challenges associated with ASD.

How EFT Can Benefit Individuals with ASD

Our EFT program is designed to target specific areas of difficulty often experienced by individuals with ASD, including:

  • Social Communication: Interaction with horses provides a safe and motivating space to practice communication including improved communication, learning social cues, and working with others.
  • Emotional Regulation: Horses are highly sensitive animals that respond to emotions. EFT sessions can help individuals identify and manage their emotions through calming techniques and building a bond with the horse.
  • Sensory Processing: The sensory experiences of grooming, leading, and reacting with a horse can improve sensory integration and decrease sensitivities for some individuals.
  • Motor Skills and Coordination:  Several activities can enhance balance, core strength, and coordination.
  • Focus and Attention: Working with horses requires focus and clear communication, promoting improved attention spans.
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem: Successfully completing tasks and building a relationship with a horse can foster a sense of accomplishment and boost self-esteem.
  • Increased Ability to function Independently: EFT also fosters independence and emotional control. Structured sessions provide a safe space to practice new routines, building confidence for daily tasks. Caring for the horse instills responsibility. It promotes flexibility. The calming presence of horses allows experimentation with responses, and observing their reactions teaches valuable emotional regulation. This newfound flexibility translates to better problem-solving and fewer emotional outbursts, as individuals with ASD learn to adapt to unexpected situations.

Our EFT Program for ASD

Healing Hooves Therapy offers individualized EFT programs tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Our program may include:

  • Groundwork activities: Learning to care for the horse through grooming, leading, and basic commands.
  • Sensory integration exercises: Activities designed to address specific sensory needs.
  • Social and emotional learning activities: Games and exercises that promote communication, understanding social interactions, and emotional regulation.

Getting Started with EFT

We recommend contacting Healing Hooves Therapy to discuss your child’s needs and determine if EFT is a good fit. An initial assessment will be conducted to create a personalized treatment plan.

Benefits of EFT

EFT offers a unique and rewarding approach to therapy for individuals with ASD. The program can provide a fun and engaging way to address challenges, promote emotional and social growth, and improve overall well-being.

Contact Healing Hooves Therapy Today

If you are interested in learning more about how EFT can benefit your child or loved one with ASD, contact Healing Hooves Therapy today. We look forward to partnering with you on your journey towards wellness.