Equine-Assisted Therapy for Children and Adults
Located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, The Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) provides equine-assisted therapy to children and adults who have disabilities so they may achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills. This therapy not only focuses on therapeutic riding skills, but also on the development of a relationship between a horse and its rider while using a team approach of rider, volunteers and an instructor.
Annually, more than 200 riders from 25 communities in the Pioneer Valley use our riding therapy program to help themselves grow to their greatest potential. Among disabilities addressed at TEC are psychological disorders including attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, Autism-spectrum disorders including Asberger’s Syndrome, Developmental Delay Syndrome, Rhett Syndrome, Cerebral Palsey, hearing deficits, blindness, Muscular Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Juvenile Arthritis and Scoliosis.
TEC also works with stroke and head injury patients a through a special program developed in cooperation with the Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital of Mercy Medical Center of Springfield MA.
In addition, TEC works with the Veterans’ Administration through the Horses for Heroes program to provide rehabilitative care to veterans suffering from physical injury, psychological stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Horses for Heroes is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) nationwide program for America’s wounded service personnel and veterans. NARHA Certified Instructors and various professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers strive to physically improve, emotionally empower, and socially enhance the lives of veterans with disabilities.