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963 Bachmans Valley Road ~ Westminster, MD 21158 ~ email@example.com ~ 443-386-3123
We are an Occupational Therapy based educational and therapeutic resource for individuals, families, and groups. This means we focus on how well you can accomplish your Activities of Daily Living.
We care about how you FUNCTION.
You and your family may have the opportunity to visit a local amusement park, but the fear of your child's elopement might keep you from attending. Maybe you're going out to dinner, but know your picky eater will throw a tantrum if their burger touches their fries. Or maybe you have the chance to be part of a team you've always wanted to join, but you're afraid people will just make fun of you, or worse ignore you. It's time for you to reConnect.
Are you looking for a way to help your child function better in a group setting? Respond appropriately to social cues? Improve time management and decision making skills? Our Group Schedule is now available, and are registering for the fall. More information...
At a Glance...
For couples seeking to communicate better and build great team-work skills, while having a lot of fun!
College and Career for young adults who may not be as successful as they could be. This special 11 week session includes special assessments and customized sessions. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, planning, goal setting, motivation, and a host of other issues.
Improving Communication ~ Interacting Appropriately
~ Processing Information Correctly ~
Our unique Equine Assisted Occupational Therapy (EAOT) Program focuses on 3 main areas of function:
- Communicating Better
- Interacting Appropriately
- Processing Information Correctly
Each client brings to sessions a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, and our goal is to identify and develop the strengths, and understand and control the weaknesses.
For example, a Master's level student working towards becoming a health-care provider needs to learn to communicate on a different level than a middle-school student with Asperger's struggling to develop healthy friendships.
A student with ADHD who barges into situations and isn't aware of their environment isn't interacting appropriately with those around them any more than someone with a Traumatic Brain Injury who isn't filtering what they say.
Anxiety and Depression or an Auditory Processing problem can cause problems processing verbal and non-verbal information correctly.
EAOT sessions occur in a natural environment, creating situations for participants to follow directions and experience "real-life" stresses, challenges, and successes.
The horses are incorporated into sessions as part of the therapy team, and interact naturally with the people that become part of their herd. Their natural need for survival causes them to constantly scan and react to their environment, meaning they give immediate and unbiased feedback to the choices and actions of participants.
Horses also provide sensory stimulation and encourage intrinsic motivation.
EAOT Addresses Issues faced by children and adults, including:
- Adapting to Change
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Anxiety, Depression, and Self-Harming
- Anger Management
- Cognitive and Motor Function
- Developing Healthy, Positive Relationships
- Environmental and Spatial Awareness
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Self-Initiation and Self-Regulation
- Time Management, Processing, and Prioritizng
- Traumatic Brain Injury
The therapy barn at Best Intentions Farm commands a view that could be framed and hung on a wall.
But this bucolic setting in Carroll County, Md., is more clinical than country, playing an important role in one alumna’s mission to change lives.
Here Jacqueline Golden Wilson ’81, ’87 M.S., clinical professor of occupational therapy, teams human clients with horses in her practice, reConnect. She and Linda Oland, the farm’s proprietor, co-founded the nonprofit organization three years ago to offer...click to continue...
Take a look at what Towson University has to say about our Clinical Director and our program...
Our blocks of group and individual sessions form on an ongoing basis. Please click here for more information on scheduling, and use our convenient registration link to reserve your spot. Use the Power of Horses to Change Lives!
The results of independent research are in, and have been presented at several state and national conferences.