ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue2 - Page 12

Cu r r en t ly w e ar e w or k in g on h ow t o gen er alize t h e sk ills t h at h ave been t au gh t on t h e m ain h or se (Gr acie) an d apply t h em t o ot h er h or ses in t h e st ables. Th e session s alw ays en d in t h e classr oom w it h a w r ap-u p act ivit y. Each w eek t h e t each er s ask f or r ef lect ion s abou t t h e session s f r om t h e st u den t s. Th e st u den t s ar e en cou r aged t o com m u n icat e t h eir f avor it e par t of t h e lesson . Session s ar e f in alized w it h a sm all con t r ibu t ion t o an ar t pr oject t h at in clu des t h e st u den t s in a cir cle ar ou n d t h e f ar m in t h e cen t er . Gr acie is t h e f ocal poin t f or m ost of t h e lesson s. Sh e is a h igh ly t r ain ed h or se t h at is u sed pr im ar ily f or t h er apy. Righ t f r om t h e st ar t , sh e h as been com f or t able w it h ou r st u den t s. Despit e t h eir n er ves, vocalizat ion s an d er r at ic m ovem en t s at t im es, sh e r em ain s in h er r elaxed st an ce an d doesn?t em it an y vocalizat ion s. Each of t h e st u den t s t h or ou gh ly en joys goin g t o t h e f ar m . Th e t r ip t o t h e f ar m h as posit ively in f lu en ced t h e m oods of ou r st u den t s. Th e st u den t s w h o h ave dif f icu lt y com m u n icat in g h ave in depen den t ly t alk ed abou t t h e f ar m an d t h e h or ses t h ey m eet t h er e. Th e st u den t s w it h an xiet y h ave dem on st r at ed a m u ch calm er pr esen ce an d dem ean or . Also, st u den t s w h o h ave dif f icu lt y w it h social in t er act ion h ave sh ow n gr ow t h in t h eir abilit y t o r ead t h e body lan gu age of a h or se in r eal t im e an d det er m in e if it is appr oach able. Alt h ou gh it h as on ly been on e sem est er , ou r st u den t s ar e dem on st r at in g am azin g gr ow t h ! AM AZING GRACIE