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NDIS Equine Therapy with a child

NDIS Funding: Equine Assisted Services

Often called ‘healers,’ horses have been helping a lot of people who are going through emotional and physical challenges through equine-assisted therapy.

Whether it’s riding a horse, grooming, general ranch assistance or merely observing horses, research has shown that being in the presence of horses has various beneficial effects on people with disability. Some of the positive physical effects include improvement in motor function and core strength. Meanwhile, the psychosocial benefits include improve self-esteem, self-confidence, empowerment, self-awareness, independence and competency.

Equine Therapy with ESP Tasmania

NDSP chats with Michelle Roockley, founder of Equine Supported Programs (ESP)to learn more about their Equine Therapy programs. ESP is a recognised, experiential Learning, Growth & Healing (LG&H) practice model. They offer personal and professional development with the help of nature and animals.

What are the characterictics of horses that help in therapies?

Horses are generally characterised as animals that exemplify humble strength and refined sensitivity.

Horses’ resting breath and heart rate are generally lower than humans. Therefore, being in near proximity to a horse can affect and help regulate someone’s own breath, blood pressure and heart rate. Horses are also great companions that help evoke healthy emotions among participants.

What are your different equine-related programs?

When it comes to equine-related therapies and activities, there are several methods which involve horses. These are:

  • EAT (Equine Assisted Therapy) refers to therapy with horses and a licensed therapist of any kind, including occupational therapist, massage therapist, dietitian, naturopath, etc.
  • EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) refers to therapy with horses and a licensed counsellor, social worker, psychologist, psychotherapist. mental health therapist, etc.
  • EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) refers to personal learning, growth & life-skills development with horses and a trained facilitator
  • ESP (Equine Supported Programs) refers all of the above and also includes others animals and nature experiences for Learning, Growth and Healing (social, emotional, mental, physical health shifts).

Will the NDIS fund Equine Assisted Services?

If you are an NDIS participant, did you know that you can possibly use your NDIS plan to help fund your Equine Therapy sessions? EAT and EAP can be accessed through Capacity Building Supports. Meanwhile, EAL may be able to be accessed through the Core Supports, and possibly the Capacity Building Supports if ‘Life Skills’ are being mentored for specific personal goals to improve life and wellbeing.

To learn more about ESP, visit their website at: equinesupportedprograms.com.au.

If you have any questions about NDIS plan management, please call us at 1800 63 63 77 or email us at info@ndsp.com.au. Register for Plan Management Sign Up today!

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