Delaware Valley School District Participates in GAIT EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) Spring Semester 2022

Two middle school classes from Delaware Valley Middle School came to GAIT TRC for an Equine Assisted Learning program this Spring. It was scheduled for each class to attend once a week for six weeks. However, the improvements made by students according to the teachers and administrators were so powerful that the program was extended for an additional three weeks. Students and teachers had limited exposure or experience with horses previous to coming to GAIT. Sequential tasks, patience, and experiential growth gave participants self-confidence, self-regulation, and a sense of pride in their work.Sessions were led by GAIT Exec Dir/Founder Martha Dubensky who employed techniques learned over decades of experience with special needs children. Not only did the students eventually walk up to their assigned horses with confidence, but ultimately groomed the horses (including their hooves), led the horses (through obstacles) and then taught their teachers and aids to either groom or lead their horse. Each week was a rewarding experience for all involved. GAIT is very grateful to the committed volunteers who showed up each week. They were creative, persistent, and supportive in helping the students have a positive, successful session each visit.
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