April – Autism Awareness Month

Every month different diseases or illnesses are highlighted to bring awareness to a cause. Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the CDC, “is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges”. Although, the definition is different for everyone who is affected by someone on the spectrum.

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Picture Courtesy of White Bridle Therapeutic Horsemanship

There are many forms of therapy for people on the Autism Spectrum. One form that stands out is the use of equine therapy. Equine therapy is individualized for each client. This form of therapy helps with many social, emotional and behavioral skills. Horses and trainers work together to ensure that each lesson is specific to the individual. Equine therapy is a fairly new form of treatment, but has been found successful for many persons. If you are interested in sharing this form of therapy with someone that you know on the Autism Spectrum, we have listed 3 different organizations in the Houston, Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth areas.

Houston:

Nestled in The Woodlands, Panther Creek Ranch offers equine therapy for groups or individuals. There is a wide variety of areas that they can assist with improving. Listed on their website are ways to volunteer, donate or participate.

Austin:

Maverick Horseback Riding, in Hutto, is suitable for Autistic therapy riding. Also, the entire family can participate in horseback riding lessons. Check out their website to find out how they can specifically work with your family.

Dallas/Fort Worth:

Conveniently located in the Keller, White Brindle Therapeutic Horsemanship, is available for different forms of therapy and are currently accepting enrollment for a summer camp. Their website lists pricing and other forms of equine therapy.

At Urgent Care for Kids we strive to keep all children healthy and are ASD friendly at all of our locations. Please call the locations closest to you find out how we can help your family. All of the therapy locations listed above are very close to our Woodlands, Round Rock and Keller Clinics.