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Autism Awareness Event Allows Kids to Read to Therapy Horses


In honor of Autism Awareness Month, two organizations are teaming up to host a reading party, where children can bring their favorite book and read it to a horse.

On Saturday, Positive Solutions Group and Milestones, Inc. will host the event with therapy horses at Milestones's home at 12372 Riggs Road in Independence.

As the children practice their reading skills, the horses will also practice their socialization and human interaction skills.

The sessions have shown that students improve their reading skills and become more confident and relaxed when reading with therapy animals.

"Positive Behavior Solutions Group is committed to being a resource for the families we serve, and the community," said Courtney Brandt, executive director of PBSG. "We are really excited about our new community outreach programs. We are partnering with wonderful local organizations to help host fun, family friendly events for children with all abilities."

Saturday's event run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and children will read in thirty-minute intervals. The event is free, but registration is required. Those interested can register here. All in attendance will receive a gift bag with information, pictured above.

Positive Solutions Behavior Solutions Group works to promote personal growth and community integration for individuals with autism and developmental needs.

Family activities are scheduled throughout the year to foster support and community among the families. The group provides anything extra that the families need in the way of support. 

"We are also very excited about our 'We include everyone' initiative, which provides a free two-hour training to local businesses on awareness, acceptance and understanding of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities," said Brandt. "There are some fun activities coming soon to our Florence clinic as well, such as our summer camp and social skills group. Our website provides information for each of these programs and events."

Currently they are scheduled to train at Dominach's Taekwondo Academy, Wing Eye Care, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and Therapeutic Riding Institute.

Written by Patricia Scheyer, RCN contributor