"My son, Mattheus was born with the genetic disorder, NF1. At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with hearing loss and fitted with hearing aid. These conditions have delayed his speech/language and cognitive development. He lacks self-confidence and can be quite timid at trying new things.
Mattheus loves animals and was blessed with close contact with horses through the Equal-Ark programme. He looked forward to every session with enthusiasm. He enjoyed caring for the horses, playing games with them and riding them. He also enjoyed the interactive activities with the instructors and friends he made at the programme.
The programme has helped Mattheus to be more confident and responsible. He has also learnt to be more accommodating towards others. He is now more bold in sharing his opinions with others too."
— Mdm Hsu Y. F.
What it is
This programme develops social-emotional skills in youth and those with special needs, through experiential learning with therapy horses.
Youth and youth with special needs aged between 7 and 21 years
Develop social-emotional skills such as managing impulsivity, confidence, resilience, effective communication and respect.
Identify actionable insights for teachers and caseworkers to sustain behaviourial changes of the youth in school or home.
10 to 18 weekly sessions
Each session is 2.5 hours long
Weekdays or weekends