Animal Assisted Therapy
How our animals are providing comfort and calm to those that need it the most.
Caring for animals increases physical activity, stretching and walking exercises strengthens bones, muscles and joint. It can also help with balance, fine and gross motor skills and coordination. Activities like petting and feeding the animals stimulates all the senses and can improve the control of movements, especially in the hands and arms.
Animals accept us, love us unconditionally, just as we are. They are natural therapists and are the perfect medicine for anxiety, depression and stress. For people with brain injuries, interacting with animals can be very motivating, serve as an incentive, and keeps them active, speeding up rehabilitation. Animals can be included in mental health treatment plans to increase self-esteem and self-confidence, or help with loss and grief.
Animals can serve as a communication bridge between the therapist and patient, facilitating conversation and laughter. Time spent with animals encourages social contact and and the development of social skills. Empathy, respect, communication, cooperation and teamwork can all be improved by working closely with animals. Some studies have shown that interacting with animals can positively improve the social behaviours of children with autism.
You Visit Us
We can arrange for health or educational professionals to deliver their own therapy sessions with individuals or groups at our farm.
We Visit You
Our animals are well handled, friendly and calm, so can be brought to you in any indoor or outdoor setting.
Make a regular booking to use our farm as a base for your therapy group or service.
Stable & Wild
We have created a natural, wild and supportive environment to help young people to overcome their barriers to learning and help them to grow and thrive. We offer a unique combination of experiences with horses, small animals and the natural world to enable individuals to develop transferrable skills that help them to cope in their everyday life. We facilitate courses that are tailored to the individual. We are not therapists, but we do adopt a therapeutic approach using the environment as a metaphor for the challenges that life throws at us and to bring about lasting change. We provide a sanctuary, away from tradition, constraints and distractions, which offers both stability and freedom.
Autism Bedfordshire’s services help break down the barriers to social participation for autistic people and their families by providing places where they can go and feel comfortable, accepted and not judged by society. With the encouragement and support of specialist trained staff we help autistic people build their confidence, self-esteem, and social skills through taking part in social activities and mixing with other people. Furthermore, we help them to develop practical skills and independence which will improve their prospects in life and help them be part of the community.