Every session is catered to each individual client and their specific goals. Everyone who comes to Hope Adventures will have a different experience that benefits their growth and progress. Farm life can be very unpredictable so working with the same animal each session can not be guaranteed. Terri does her best to match up the client with
Every session is catered to each individual client and their specific goals. Everyone who comes to Hope Adventures will have a different experience that benefits their growth and progress. Farm life can be very unpredictable so working with the same animal each session can not be guaranteed. Terri does her best to match up the client with the appropriate animal if that is something the client wants.
At Hope Adventures, clients do not have to stick to the same therapy method each session. Every client works with Terri in order to have their own individual treatment plan consisting of personalized goals and desired outcomes. These goals are reevaluated every couple months to ensure clients are making progress and given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The therapies listed below are used in combination of the therapies listed above.
Hope Adventures incorporates farm animals into the therapy process. These animals include a dog, bunny, horses and goats. Pictures of the animals can be found under the animal tab at the top of the page. Studies have shown that animals provide a positive influence on improving one's emotional, social and cognitive well being.
Some of these benefits include:
Horseback riding is not the main goal with animal assisted therapy. Instead clients are able to work one on one with the animals. They can simply observe them while out in the pasture field if they wish. Clients learn to read animals nonverbal body language, observe how they interact in the herd and help teach them boundaries.
The skills they learn during session can be transferred to their everyday life and mindset.
Part of Hope Adventures is also allowing clients to connect with nature during sessions. It allows clients to tap back into their 5 senses and learn to enjoy the world around them. It promotes grounding and stability. Nature therapy has shown to decrease stress levels and increase relaxation skills. Nature therapy allows clients to step outside the typical therapy office setting and enjoy the world around them. While direct interaction with the farm animals is not planned, sometimes they get curious and join us during sessions.
Some nature areas around the farm include:
Every day is a new and exciting day on the farm. You never know what to expect and things are consistently changing. Animals are fine one day, and then sick the next day. One day two animals get along, the next day they are butting heads and being aggressive with each other. While some days are easier than others, clients learn valuable lessons during sessions that they can apply to everyday life situations. They learn to understand that every animal has a different personality as well as certain likes and dislikes. Just like humans, they have boundaries and personal space that they do not always want others in.
Some activities that may be included are: