The Issue: Autism and Social Isolation
Approximately 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because one of the main aspects of autism is impaired social interaction, children with an autism-spectrum disorder may struggle to make friends with their peers or initiate conversations, and can also become preoccupied with objects or subjects, thereby hindering their interaction with other people.
The Campaign: Sending Kids with Autism to Horse-Riding Camp
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program can send four children with autism to a five-week horseback-riding camp. Each additional $150 raised will be used to send another child with autism to the camp.
Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program
The Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program serves children with special needs through therapeutic horseback-riding services in northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. A horse’s movements, similar to a human's, can help improve the rider's posture, balance, and sensory processing, making horseback riding an ideal therapy tool for people with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. For some children, riding a horse as part of the riding program marks the first time they've been able to feel what walking is like. In addition to physical and sensory motor benefits, horseback riding can also improve socialization and self-esteem.
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