No Horse Experience - No Problem: Non riders can participate in the theory part of the workshop and audit/observe the ridden exercises.
Duration: 2 day (aprox. 6h per day)
- $495 for Handlers (costs for workshops may vary with location; price includes Evaluation Phase for praticipants that decide to become AHTENA: EAL Practitioners)
- $225 for non-riders ($150 day 1 and $75 day 2 -- does not qualify to become a Practitioner)
Qualification for: Basic ATHENA EAL Practitioner
- Therapeutic riding instructors
- Riders with an interest in Autism
- Parents, siblings, friends and family of children or adults with Autism/other neuro-psychiatric conditions
- Speech, Occupational and other Therapists
- Age 16 and older; neuro-typical only (for young adults on the spectrum check with your trainer regarding participation)
- Must be able to handle horses and assess potentially dangerous situation with horses
What will be covered in ATHENA℠: EAL 1?
- Theory and basic neuro-science: How the autistic brain works, how to switch off the cell danger response, how to provide oxytocin, how to open up the learning receptors in the brain
- Evolution of ATHENA: EAL and how we have been mentored by adult autists such as Dr. Temple Grandin, University studies into ATHENA, and the specific science of our Methods
- Environment: How to set up the perfect YES environment to aid communication, how to eliminate bad sensory triggers, how to make sure you have the right human/empathetic environment, how to deal with hazards
- Sensory work: How to serve clients, how to pick the right horse, how to pick the right environment
- Long-lining: How to select and prepare the horse, how to engage with the child, why long-lining works better than leading horses - oxytocin vs. cortisol. How to get the oxytocin effect when the person is too big to share the saddle with you or if the child wants to ride with a parent/caregiver who cannot ride; how to prepare the horse for this
- Rule-based Games and Perspective-Taking: how to work in the saddle with the child to build the brain, how to teach families to take these games home and do them without horses
- Academics: How to introduce basic literacy, numeracy, and science; how to develop these to the higher grade levels
- Self-Advocacy: How to use the long-lining horse to help adolescents and adults begin to teach you rather than the other way around, and how they therefore learn to "find their voice"
What to bring
- If you participate as handler, please bring proper horse attire (boots, jeans or other riding pants, gloves etc)
- Please bring plenty of water to drink and something to snack on.
- Notebook and pen
Upcoming ATHENA: EAL workshops
Quickest and easiest way to get started are our online courses. Check the available ATHENA/Horse Boy Method online courses out here. We strongly suggest that you take Movement Method as well as ATHENA/Horse Boy Method to best serve your clients.