Send this article by email What is your name? Please indicate below the emails to which you want to send this article: Students take the reins at horse therapy camp Enter one email per line. No more than 5 emails. Send Close It’s a hot Tuesday morning in July. The horses twitch and stomp. A barn cat snoozes in the sun. Seems like just another day at HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax, but for four kids with intellectual learning disabilities, it’s the best day.
Each summer, UNC Greensboro graduate students from several departments, including the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Health and Human Sciences, gain clinical practicum experience over two weeks while running a therapeutic riding camp under the direction of professor Perry Flynn. Flynn has been involved with HORSEPOWER since the its inception in 1994.
HORSEPOWER is a non-profit and Premier PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Center that provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted therapy to over 300 individuals with disabilities, as well as able-bodied students, each year. The program offers 30 hours of free, individualized therapy to campers. CSD began a partnership with the university a few years ago.
The graduate students work two-to-one with the children, who range in age from three to eight years old.
Juliet Biemiller helps a camper with his helmet. Biemiller is one of 10 graduate students participating in HORSEPOWER this summer. She studies in the School of Education and will graduate in August with a master’s in teaching with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). Her professor, Dr. Jane He, suggested she check out the program, and as a result, Biemiller has discovered parallels in the teaching strategies used with children with intellectual disabilities and those she uses with English language learners.
Riding helps him focus, said Biemiller (right) about her camper. …