Irina presented with anxiety on arrival. She demonstrated retention of focus and was open with coach from the start needing someone to ‘offload’ to. She was very comfortable with the horses ‘non-judgemental approach,’ held fast paced conversations and appeared mature in some approaches.
Engagement in the programme was high, especially practical outdoor tasks where she was working with her chosen pony, and she was able to transfer this learning into school and times of heightened emotion and behaviour.
Irina responded well to clear and structured time in and out of the classroom appearing to retain information well and she used this to reflect on behaviour at home, school and TSOC. By week 4 it was very apparent that she had grasped transferrable learning and she was able to use her chosen pony to communicate and relate to very openly.
She also enjoyed time to ‘talk’ building trust with her coach and the environment reasonably quickly. She was able to talk easily to coach about her ‘free will’ attitude to everyday life. It was clear that xxxx was aware of coping mechanisms that work for her but didn’t always use them.