Youth who have experienced negative life circumstances will learn to overcome the barriers that lead to healthy change. They will learn in an environment that is safe, where violence and victims do not exist. Through participation in our program, your Youth will learn that they are capable and confident. They will begin to change aggressive or passive behaviours to find positive outcomes in their daily interactions. Their 'self talk' will also improve as they find accomplishment and pride in themselves and learn to modify their previous, ineffective behaviours throughout this unique life skills program.
Our interactive WARRIORS Program is specifically designed to ensure growth, learning and retention of necessary life skills to aid in each Youth's personal recovery and growth. It is an excellent approach to teaching that gives your Youth an experience to pull from when they are faced with choices and challenges, by consistently paralleling working with their teachers, the horses, back to everyday life situations.
Youth who are struggling in their lives will often develop 'coping skills' that don't serve them well - that's what we help to change in this Youth 'WARRIORS' Curriculum!
8 week duration
1 X 2 hour session/week
2-8 Participants ~ Ages 7-18
HOW DO HORSES HELP CHANGE NEGATIVE CIRCUMSTANCES?
A horse depends on leadership & clear communication in order to respond willingly as a teammate. If the horse is met with conflicting behaviour (aggression, insecurity, indifference) he will refuse to participate. These responses (from the horse) cause Youth to clearly identify their strengths and limitations and then adjust their approach/behaviour to achieve the desired results. Facilitators help Youth understand and relate to the body language of the horse while ensuring safety, communication and active problem solving.
It is not necessary for Youth to bond with or even to like the horses - the learning outcomes will remain positive and effective; however, many Youth will benefit from the connection they experience when working with horses. Their quiet, honest, non judgmental natures make a huge impact on learners, especially those who haven't experienced a lot of trust in their lives.
This experiential and non-judgmental environment engages Youth and shifts the paradigm of learning life skills to: simple - effective - guaranteed! The horse provides us with a barometer for our human nature and the 'classroom' engages learners as they develop the necessary skills to achieve personal success!
HOW CAN WE HELP AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR?
A child who exhibits agression may be just as much a victim in his own life as the child he directs his aggression towards. Many aggressors are children who have been overlooked, misdiagnosed, suffer from neurological disabilities, or have been abused themselves. Our WARRIORS Curriculum is ideal for a child who exhibits aggressive behaviour by promoting positive leadership skills, developing choice making & goal setting skills and encouraging responsibility, empathy, creativity and laughter.
HOW CAN WE HELP WITH PASSIVE TENDANCIES?
Your Youth need their voice! They need the ability to ask for help, to say no, to share their input and their value. If they are struggling, we help them find their inner strength that allows them to speak up! Our life skills Programs have proven to be ideal for a child who exhibits passive or withdrawn tendencies by providing development of social skills to improve communication, emotional & physical wellness, self-esteem, trust, encourage sensory stimulation and ultimately lead to integration and confidence.