Hasmonean High School for Girls have recently collaborated with the non-profit charitable organisation called Strength in Horses (SIH). Strength in Horses provides equine assisted therapy to children in order to promote personal growth and development, as well as improve their mental wellbeing.
On Wednesday 12th February, some of our girls attended their first session. They were introduced to the horses and had a very enjoyable afternoon, spending time in a rural environment and reconnecting with a more natural way of life.
Our programme will run for 6 to 8 weeks and is designed around the needs and challenges of our students. Our students will learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviours, and patterns. Our pupils work on the following targets:
- Relational difficulties including building effective communication and trust
- Problem solving, team work and developing more helpful interactions with others
- Specific skills development including supporting engagement in education and work settings (e.g. listening, persistence, and patience)
- Engagement with the therapeutic process
- Confidence building, assertiveness and increased self-awareness
- Emotional difficulties in particular aggression, emotional volatility, low mood and anxiety
This provision is a very rewarding and stimulating therapeutic experience for our pupils and is organised by our school’s SEN Department.