Horse-Riding Therapy for Kids with Disability
About Campaignends 02 Jul 2017, 11:59 PM
RDA therapy horses play a huge role in the rehabilitation of kids with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome to Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The connection between a therapy horse and the child is such a special and sacred bond that sometimes only they will understand.
Recently, one of our therapy horse - Lukas, who was a charming, well loved and hardworking therapy horse who amazingly helped his 13-year old RDA rider Malcolm with expressing his feelings because of the relationship they have! Malcolm found out his friend Lukas was unwell, and took the initiative to write his first ever letter, which his thrilled mother shared, then leading to a kind RDA volunteer helping pass the letter on, and the rest is viral history! Read about it here:
This campaign is created to help RDA Singapore continue to provide horse riding therapy free of charge for kids with disability.
Thank you for your support!
RDA is the only registered charity in Singapore which has been providing free therapeutic and rehabilitative horse-riding for children and adults with disabilities for the past 35 years. We provide horse-riding therapy (hippotherapy) to those with special needs. Hippotherapy has helped those with physical disability like cerebral palsy with improved muscle tone and motor functions. Those with learning disability like autism have seen improved social skills and better sensory sensitivity. As part of the therapy, we bring our riders out for walks at a nearby forested trail. For many of our riders with physical disabilities, going into a forest is impossible on a wheelchair or with a walking aid. But they can do so with ease on a horse-back. Over the years, some of our riders have advanced beyond therapy riding to international competition level! Two of our riders, Gemma Foo and Maximillian Tan, who represented Singapore in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics Games started their riding sessions
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