Latham’s Asinotherapy Program Gallops (slowly) Off To A Great Start

June 4, 2010

The Asinotherapy program has begun! The residents and staff of Great Hill are learning how to be safe around the donkeys, and how to care for them. Angus and Moonbeam are happy to get lots of attention at their new home, and are frequently observed playing ball, running around, or laying in the shade.

Asinotherapy is a therapy where a donkey is the principal support. People can learn a tremendous amount by leading and caring for donkeys. People also learn wonderful lessons observing the tender, patient and quiet demeanor of the donkey. Asinotherapy, or “donkey therapy”, is considered especially helpful for individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome. A gentle, but at times stubborn, personality is commonly recognized between them and this mirroring provides many opportunities for learning. In order to lead a donkey you need to know where you are going and to be focused on the goal.

This type of therapy was recognized at last years PWS international conference held in Germany as a best practice for treatment of Prader Willi Syndrome. We have replicated the program they created in Germany and look forward to seeing the results.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
~Jimmy Johnson

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