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Each applicant for services completes an online form telling us about the client and what the goals are. We then schedule an intake session where we get detailed information about the client, the family, and explain our programs.
After the intake session we match the client to a horse and treatment team and schedule regular sessions that are tailored to address your concerns. Most clients start with individual sessions as there is a lot to do and a lot to learn. We find that the one on one attention is important at this stage. Most clients receive an individual mentor who is involved in each session. We create a treatment plan that uses color coded activities to help reach the goal.
Many clients need social skills and interactions with a supportive peer group. For those clients that would benefit from this approach, we move the client to a peer group when it becomes appropriate. This decision is based on several factors, all of which are carefully discussed before any changes are made. Regular feedback is provided on progress toward goals and setting new goals. We also ask for regular feedback from you as to how you feel you are progressing.
While the client is engaging in the equine assisted work, our psychologist meets with the parents/caregivers to talk about their stressors and come up with effective strategies to address issues at home. These are closely coordinated with the team members who are working with the client/horse so that parents can continue working on the issues at home. Most of our parents really enjoy this time to discuss their own challenges in a supportive environment.
Being with the client for one hour a week won't produce much change. So our team involves various family members in the process, helping families adjust successfully to change. We are also available to coordinate with teachers and other health care providers
We have treatment programs for individuals learning to live with various physical challenges such as CP. We also have programs for neurocognitive issues such as ADD, ADHD, ASD, learning disabilities and emotional issues, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. We have special programs available to assist youngsters who need to develop critical life skills and those who have been through trauma. We monitor your progress with regular assessments to make sure we are on target and are providing the help you need.
Dr. Malone is a licensed psychologist, she can work with you and your insurance. Riding lessons, or equine assisted therapies not involving individual psychotherapy are typically not covered by insurance, but we will work with you to afford them. Contact us for the costs of those services.
Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa is the first certified Stable Moments center in Alabama. Stable Moments is a researched program that provides special treatment for foster and adopted children and their families, as well as children who have experienced trauma. Each child is paired with a specially trained mentor and receives a program of treatment that is individually tailored by our Stable Moments Certified Instructor and our Licensed Psychologist.
We offer therapeutic riding programs that are geared to assist with a wide range of issues. Some conditions that benefit from therapeutic riding are
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy
PTSD treatment for combat veterans
Our horses, instructors, mentors and volunteers all undergo special training in the techniques used at TROT. Horses are recertified regularly, and ongoing training is in place for all mentors. We follow strict safety protocols to ensure the safety of each participant.
Horses have been proven scientifically to be able to connect to humans emotionally. They accurately reflect to their human the feelings and stressors being experienced. But unlike humans, they have learned to "live in the moment" and leave excess worry behind. And they are very effective at helping to teach humans how to do that.
Scientific studies measuring EEG, physical mobility, brainwave patterns and other biometric measures show long term positive effects on clients who engage in equine assisted therapy with specially trained horses and specially trained, licensed health care providers.
TROT maintains ongoing program evaluation and monitors change in clients to ensure our protocols are effective.
As a healthcare center, we strictly follow HIPAA guidelines.