Denton: a place of hope for children with Autism.
Horses in Denton are not just an attraction, they are an opportunity to change a child’s life. To most “Denton-ites” the hundreds of horses within the area are just part of stereotypical Texas, country living and are written off as being nothing too special. For the tourists who go on the North Texas Horse Country Tours, horses are magnificent beasts, but something only to marvel at.
As an older sibling of a brother with Asperger’s Syndrome… horses mean so much more. When my brother was 10 years old he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome which, in the simplest way of explaining, is a form of Autism. I was a student at the University of North Texas in Denton when I heard of a thing in the area called equine therapy. I started looking into it, as a way to help my brother, and soon came to realize that Denton has a plethora of horse therapy resources for children on the Autism spectrum, as well as for those with many other disabilities.
Here are just a few facilities that offer horse therapy in the Denton area:
Therapeutic riding, also referred to as “Hippotherapy“, is helpful for children with Autism and similar learning disorders for many reasons. The main benefit being, the motion on the horse and the relationship that forms between the rider and the animal. Like my brother, many children who struggle with this syndrome connect better with animals than with humans. Horses that are used in this type of therapy are often older and are very patient with the children.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling to find hope for their child with Autism, I suggest you research horse therapy, especially the centers around Denton. After finding out that this therapy was available in Denton, I began volunteering and I have seen the kind of difference it can make in a child’s life. Since I introduced therapeutic riding to my younger brother, he has thrived and I am so grateful to live in an area that has the kind of resources available needed to help families like my own.