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Sam's Story

Sam is a 6-year-old boy with severe cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair to move around. He needs a head support and harness to keep him upright and his mother/carer pushes him, as he does not have the hand or arm movements to push himself. Sam has only a few words and needs someone to do all his physical care and assist him with any communication.

Sam has benefitted greatly from attending our program, made possible by the St George Foundation grant. He commenced on the horse with two assistants holding him on the horse and someone leading the horse. He was unable to support himself in the upright position at all so was held by his helpers. Through the movement of the horse and the sessions at RDA he has developed some strength in his back and neck and is able to hold his head up to look around for other group members and fun activities. Whilst this is only for a few minutes at a time for a child with this level of disability his mother says it is a remarkable improvement.

She reports Sam has developed in other ways. He has gained confidence and is verbalizing more. She believes this is related directly to the motivation and interaction provided by attending horse riding. His words are around the horses name, coach’s name and commands of “walk on” to the horse. When he first commenced the new people and business of the environment overwhelmed him. He now calls to us as he comes into the arena making sure we all know he is there.

He has a special relationship with his horse and for previously timid child has no fear of this big animal “in his face”.

All helpers, Sam’s mother and grandmother, and myself as the coach have seen significant improvements in Sam since commencing in this program and look forward to reporting on further benefits from this program.

St George Foundation  has made possible an enjoyable therapeutic activity for Sam which has already produced tangible results, that will enhance his life away from RDA.

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