Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Clinic Notes: What Horses Tell Us About Autism

I grew up in Texas, and in high school my life was horses and rodeo. I’m certainly not an expert on horse behavior by any means, but the first time I came in contact with a child with autism, I thought that some of their behavior looked horse-like--unbroken horse-like. For example, many unbroken horses, and many children with autism, will become uneasy if you try to approach them head on. You have to approach them from behind or at a forty-five degree angle. Horses and kids with autism also seem to know by your body language and touch whom they can ride/manage them and who they can take advantage of. I wrote Monty Roberts, a well known, practicing horse whisperer. He told me several clinicians had already recognized the similarities between autism and horse misbehavior and were applying his horse training techniques in their work with kids with autism. (See montyroberts.com)
Go to www.ABA4Autism.com for a longer article on horses and autism ad to learn how horse whisperer might help you manage your child with autism.

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