Sojourn provides a variety of services and support using a differentiated approach to instruction that meets each rider's individual needs.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding is the use of horses in equine-assisted activities. Horseback riding provides many benefits. The movement of the horse activates a variety of sensory imputs including: vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual, auditory, and olfactory! Horseback riding helps with balance, strength, postural control, speech/communication and cognition. The Therapeutic Horseback Riding program is supervised by an Illinois State Board Learning Behavior Specialist and PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.
Take a Chance on Reading and Writing! Sojourn TRC offers an English Language Arts program that follows the Common Core and Illinois State Reading and Language Arts standards. Anchor Standards for Reading and Language Arts include: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, and Text Complexity. Anchor Standards for Writing include: Text Types and Purposes, Production and Distribution of Writing, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, and Range of Writing. The program is designed to work within a small group setting and is directed by an Illinois State Board Licensed Reading Specialist.
Equine Assisted Learning/EAL promotes life skills through an experiential learning approach. This approach uses horses on the ground. The focus is on life skills that can be related to: academic achievement, social/emotional behavior (learning situational cues regarding expected and unexpected behaviors), personal growth, self-awareness, self-directed learning, self-assessment, and team building. The EAL program is supervised by an Illinois State Board Licensed Learning Behavior Specialist.
Therapeutic Carriage Driving provides an alternative experience that may support individuals who are unable to ride due to weight, fatigue, fear of height, inability to sit astride a horse, allergies, asthma, and other issues. Additionally, carriage driving may provide its own, unique sensory experience. Participants focus on safety, horses, harnessing, and driving. Teamwork is an essential part of the entire driving experience. Therapeutic Driving is headed by PATH Certified Driving instructors.