E/ASEL (Equine/Autistic Social Emotional Learning) program is an integrative therapy program for autistic youth aged 8-18. It combines equine-assisted activities with an autistic-inspired form of social emotional learning and cognitive linguistics.
A unique aspect of Wilderwood’s program is that autistic adults are active participants as mentors and role-models for children, as well as being resources for parents, grandparents, and teachers.
E/ASEL is offered in 8-week sessions from March through November. Participants attend for 90 minutes a week for a multi-modal approach based on authentic autistic and equine experiences. It features goal-setting and attainment, along with practice in collaboration, friendship, cooperation, and developing authentic autistic voice.
Features of E/ASEL include:
- Individualized goal-setting;
- Equine-assisted activities designed for mind/body connectivity, critical thinking, collaborative learning skills, and problem-solving;
- Strengths-based curriculum aimed to improve self-esteem through positive affirmations;
- Autistic mentors as role models and resources;
- Instruction and activities designed to develop strategies for self-regulation, including coping with stress and anxiety and persevering through challenges;
- Creative and imaginative hands-on learning activities;
- Program can be repeated with new goals;
- Greater self-awareness through reflection on thoughts and feelings;
- Engaging and interacting with others to make connections and friendships;
- Practicing social awareness and strengthening communication skill hwile honoring autistic preferences;
- Striving to create a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Program cost: $720, all-inclusive for each 8-week session.