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Iliane Lorenz commented on 2018 Tribe Day- Germany 10/02/2018

Thank you for having us it was a fantastic event and thank you Carola for organizing it and for...

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Interesting study suggesting a link between DDT exposure of pregnant women and autism risk
www.studyfinds.org/pesticide-exposure-ddt-pregnanc…

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A must read story about one of our practitioners and their own very unique story. ntls.co/blog/equine-therapy-blog/240-horse-tribes/…

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iliane shared Gitti's photos 08/15/2018

More pictures of our fantastic practitioners coming together by Warendorf this year.

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iliane shared Gitti's photos 08/15/2018

More pictures of our fantastic practitioners coming together by Warendorf this year.

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iliane shared Gitti's photos 08/15/2018

Here a few pictures of our tribe day in Warendorf, Germany July 2018

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Ok, so the deal is really... if you work with horses, it will be next to impossible for the families to actually cover your running costs. Because if you think about the cost for the horse, the facility, the people on the kids and the horses, the cost for caring for the horse, the additional training cost for the horse after or before playdates etc. It's really difficult to cover all that.

But if we are talking about Movement Method, the costs are much lower. Do you know what your actual costs are? Where are you running the sessions out of? Is this part of an existing business? Are you starting them out of your house? are you going the to families? Are you meeting families in public places like parks? What other than your salary are your costs?
Once you know that you will be better able to determine if you want/need to/can charge the families. Also, are you doing this as main source of income? Are you supplementing another job? How many families are you planning on working with? How many hours are you planning to spend with each family?

Among our Mentors you find just about anything, some are charging and working with an awful log of kids and charge a small amount, we also have some families that pay for full time salaries for one or sometimes even more child care people. We also have at least 2 people looking to hire and while I don't know where you are or what you exactly want to do or if you can relocate, maybe something like that is an option.

We do have places that are completely run on donations. We have others that supplement sessions that they offer for free to families that can't afford the sessions by serving school groups who do pay and cover running costs that way. We have places that offer scholarships for families that really can't afford it but charge other people that can afford it.

So while this might be frustrating... the options are endless. Tell us a bit more about what exactly you want to do and we can probably give you some more pointers on how to start raising your funds if that is through donations, fees or other ways.

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Brimbach thanked iliane in topic Scary Public Restrooms 03/31/2018
iliane replied to the topic 'Scary Public Restrooms' in the forum. 03/30/2018

What seems to be going on with my guy is that it's a combination of fear of loud noises and unpredictability. He's not autistic so it's all a bit easier but he is very young. What I have been doing is show him how the toilets work. I.e. you need to press the handle to make the loud noise happen. That way he feels more in control. The ones that startled him the most at the beginning were the ones that have the motion sensory. So again we played with a bit with when and how they get triggered and always warn him before they end up making the loud noise.
Little but little he started asking to go with and sort of feel him self forward a bit more and more to the toilet. Also made a bit of a game out of it. He loves roaring like a lion so we answered to the loud toilet by roaring at it. I don't know for sure but I have the feeling it makes him all feel little by little to be more in control, and to understand the process, which helps him deal with his fear.

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iliane replied to the topic 'Getting mentorship from the autistic people we serve.' in the forum. 03/19/2018

Hey Joel, thank you for sharing! Very cool that Davis is blogging!

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Again this varies.

For us here at New Trails we have had sessions that are only 1h long, we have had playdates up to 3 h long, and the last set of playdates were usually around 1:30-1:45h long. This of course also depend on the child and how long they want to stay, we had a few kids that came, wanted to ride for 30-45min and then leave. Others want to hang for 1h before they feel ready to get on a horse and others don't ride at all. So you Follow The Child.

For us at New Trails parents were always mandatory to be with the child at all times. Because of how our property is set up (wooded trails) it would be difficult if a child has a meltdown in the woods and the Expert (the parent or carer) was not right there to help. We also don't want parents to randomly wander in the woods and when the child is looking for them we can't find them. Other places have different set up and therefore different rules around this.
At the end what is important is what firstly works for the kids and family and secondly makes sense in your unique environment.

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