Social Skills Group
Riding with HEART’s Social Skills Group is a specialized program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, related developmental disorders, ADD, ADHD, and learning disabilities. The unique setting of the barn as well as working and riding horses is planned to teach, reinforce and generalize social skills. Participants are introduced to a weekly-targeted social skill through the use of picture stories, didactic instruction, modeling or role-playing. Working in the barn, reciprocal interactions, i.e. sharing, personal space, cooperation, and communication are taught using a Naturalistic teaching method while students work cooperatively. Students are also taught basic riding skills as part of the program.