Kit’s older sibling has attended The Seeds of Change (TSOC) and, consequently, Kit arrived with clear expectations of how horses could help him.
He quickly built a sound relationship with his coach and the horses.
So far, he has 100% attendance at TSOC and consistently demonstrates keenness and commitment to being here. Kit has talked about struggling to concentrate at school, so the TSOC approach has been used to unpick some of why that might be and to help him develop strategies to manage school better.
Kit does not appear to experience communication issues at TSOC and has to date, been very sociable and open about his thoughts, feelings and observations.
When he shared he had become stuck with maths at school, his coach recognised he seemed to be fixating part of his issue on lack of consistent 1:1 classroom support. His perception of the situation appeared to have become a barrier. Using the horses he was able to recognise that in class, he was being given the tools and space to try independently. Kit arrived at this conclusion himself, having supported his pony through an activity where the school scenario was able to be recreated. He noticed how he was helping his pony more intently to begin with and was eventually able to let the pony take the lead. He was able to apply transfer this principle to his own situation and could see how it was possible for him to try to replicate what he had observed his horse doing.
Kit’s confidence is growing as he develops strategies that can support him with his horse and also back at school. He regularly records his confidence scores starting at 1 and finishing at 10 after his sessions.
Kit says that he "loves TSOC", and has said on several different weeks,"this is the best session ever". His mother is very pleased with his progress and has informed his coach that he cannot wait to get here each week and that he is so much happier for being here. His school has fed back that Kit speaks very positively about his time with The Seeds of Change and they have observed a positive impact on his confidence.