Autism Friendly Horse Experience

 


Lou Wilks & Maggie sykes are Very excited to be joining together  to help support people with Autism through our programme " The Autism friendly horse experience " .

Horses are amazing sensitive animals who communicate with each other using energy&subtle body language, my goal is to teach humans to understand how to use OUR energy and body language to communicate with them effectivley, without aggression fear or force but through a clear , calm consistant approach we can achieve a better understanding.

 I'ts been scientifically proven that simply being around horses can alter our mindset, i have had first hand experience watching my 7 year old autistic nephew around my horses totally change his behaviour ,relax and be calm.


Through understanding the horses we learn to understand ourselves.


Maggie and Lou have brought their two areas of expertise together to devise personnal individual programmes to help support each individuals needs.

The Autism Friendly horse experience days will run from Manor Farm, East Halton north Lincolnshire dn40 3ps please forward this to anyone you know that would benefit or email Lou Wilks naturallyhorse@hotmail.co.uk to register your interest.



About Maggie Sykes & Lou Wilks



Maggie Sykes trained as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse, at Bradford University and has Managed a variety of Services specialising in Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. Her career has spanned the last thirty  years.


In 2005 she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Asperger

Syndrome through Sheffield Hallam University.


Attended the 2nd World

international Conference on ASD in Cape Town, South Africa, where she delivered a poster presentation on the

effectiveness of Person Centred Planning with people with Autistic

Spectrum Disorder.


Maggie has been involved with the National Autistic Society Autism Accreditation programme  as both a Team Member and as a Team Leader. 


She is passionate about delivering quality services to people with Autism.


 Maggie is Married with two children and lives on a family run farm in

Lincolnshire, where she keeps a variety of animals, mainly sheep, sheep dogs, and her horse Paddy.


Favourite Quotations

if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got.




Lou Wilks 


Having a family member with Autism and i first realised 3 years ago after seeing with my own eyes the differences in behaviours when John was around our horses, this prompted me to research further and realise that interaction with horses in the right environment of course ,could help people develop social skills , sensory development & verbal communication. I'ts been scientifically proven that simply being around horses can alter our mindset, i have had first hand experience watching my 7 year old autistic nephew around my horses totally change his behaviour ,relax and be calm.
Through understanding the horses we learn to understand ourselves. Because of this i am bringing together my 2 passions,this is definetly a natural progression and one i am very happy to be able to persue.
I met Maggie sykes (Head of sense college) who has worked for 30 years with children and adults with Autism and aspergers syndrome, 3 years ago when she attended one of my "Positive horse training" clinics and we related the similarities in both our areas of expertise and although they seemed quite different,infact "clear" communication, empathy and "good" understanding were the key !! we have since remaind very good friends and Maggie is very much part of this programme.
I recently attended an introduction to autism course with Maggie and over the next 2 months i am to be undergoing some very intense training which is to be part of my new ongoing part time job in a school for profoundly autistic people with severe learning difficulties.
In May this year here at Manor Farm with the ongoing support of my fantastic consultant Maggie and my wonderful family of course, we will be able to provide "The Autism friendly horse experience" service to local schools and families. For more information and contact details visit our page Horses & Autism Therapy H.A.T
TO BOOK A FREE PRIVATE CONSULTATION OR REGISTER YOUR INTEREST EMAIL Lou Wilks naturallyhorse@hotmail.co.uk

Lou is also :

 Certified Masterson Method of integrated bodywork practitioner

An Accredited Trainer for Horse Agility Great Britain.
A parelli level 2 student.
Has completed intelligent horsemanship courses 

Owner of 7 horses of all ages and breeds from semi feral and re trained ex-racehorse to youngsters and horses with previous " issues" all kept out 24/7, ridden bitless kept barefoot&rugless all year round.
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Lou Constantly strives to help horse and human communicate in a way that both are able to have their opinion and be heard, to help build a parnership through trust and respect not fear force and intimmidation.
www.naturallyhorse.co.uk

 Lou is an experienced Horse trainer who lives with her 4 horses 2 dogs &cats husband and 2 young children at Manor Farm, she  has a family member with Autism.


 Her specialist areas are Horse communication through:

Masterson Method certified practitioner M.M.C.P

Horse agility GB accredited Judge &Trainer H.A.A.T

P.F.A member at school & is also C.R.B checked

Lou Has taken introduction to autism and Is currently undergoing Autism Training .Lou is also passionate about delivering a professional quality service to families and people with Autism.


If you would like to know more about our horses & Autism check out our page on Facebook-  Horses & Autism Therapy H.A.T


Favourite quotations 

All Good things come to those who .... Go out and get what the others are waiting for.

                                                                                                   ...My Grandad 



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