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Big thanks to Lowe’s for sensory station help

May 18, 2014 

Thanks to Lowe’s of Lake Wylie, the sensory area at RideAbility expanded. We now have additional interactions to engage our riders. With Lowe’s wonderful Hero’s for the Community Project, we now have music with a huge stand up xylophones and a tunnel/ball colorful game. The kids can’t get enough of it.

Sensory stations specifically designed to address various senses and motor planning skills on the trail will provide a new array of therapeutic riding activity opportunities. Our goal is to create a riding trail filled with sensory-rich, nurturing interactions that facilitate attending, engaging, communicating and thinking. The goal of the sensory trail is to improve motor planning and foster appropriate responses to all sensations in an active, meaningful and fun way so the individual is able to behave in a more functional manner throughout their everyday life.

It immerses our riders in a completely different environment than a traditional riding ring. These two contrasting venues allow our instructors to customize lessons even further.

In the sensory area, riders are encouraged to explore, touch, pick and interact with objects. A mailbox with surprises inside, signs, musical chime station, pails with hands-on objects in them, and an object permanence station are just some activities along the way.

We are proud to have Lowe’s support our amazing kids, and our Special Olympics equestrian teams love it, too.

For information on RideAbility, visit rideabilitysc.com or call 803-222-6008.

Wendy and Michael Schonfeld operate RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center Inc. in Clover.

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