Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) involves interacting with horses to promote personal growth, learning, and development. The Autistic young people (AYP) engage in various activities with horses including observing, patting, grooming and leading the horses.
The unique qualities of horses, such as their sensitivity to non-verbal cues, ability to respond to emotions, and their large size, create opportunities for young people to develop self-awareness, build confidence, improve communication and social skills, practice problem-solving, enhance empathy, practice boundary setting and develop trust and respect for others.
"The Equine Assisted Learning sessions are such a favourite at every camp. For some of the Autistic young people, it's their very first time interacting with horses and ponies. For others who've experienced Equine Assisted Therapy previously, it reestablishes the powerful connection these gorgeous animals bring."
Autism Camp Australia