Horseback Riding

Barn Program Session I

Saturday September 19 9:30am - 11:00am

Event Status: Planned

The Holland Project at Black Sheep Farm $150 / 6 weeks
81 Church Street
Merrimac, MA


Disability Served: Autism, Intellectual, Mental Health

Communities Served: Adult, Teen


The Holland Project

Contact Name: Eileen Mitchell

Phone: 978 764 8611

Barn Program for Teens with Autism and Other Developmental Delay  ages 14-24

An integrated farming and agricultural Saturday program for teens diagnosed with autism and other developmental delays. The program is designed for the teens to have a typically developing volunteer from the community to assist them.  Each program participant will experience the many educational, therapeutic, vocational and social benefits of working on a farm with a peer and caring for the animals on a farm setting.

We start off each session by pairing up with a volunteer buddy and taking a brief walk on the nature trail that runs through the property.  Once everyone is warmed up participants will help with barn chores, learn grooming techniques, and work with their buddy.

All activities are unmounted.

Program Structure:   6 Wk Saturday program

9:30:am – 11:00 am.
·         1 ½ hrs in length
·         1:1 ratio participant to volunteer
·         7 participants
·         Additional volunteer staff include a LICSW.

Session 1: 
   9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
Session 2: 
11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12
Future Programs:
Summer Camps
Adult Job Skills Programs
Spring Gardening Program

Participant Requirements:
· Ability to handle the physical aspects of the program and interact with animals
· Behavioral assessment/intake questionnaire completed by parent, caregiver, or educator prior to start of program.
· Screening for medical conditions or allergies that might interfere with the participation of the program

Volunteer Requirements:
All volunteers must be 14 yrs old and will participate in a volunteer orientation program. Community service hours will be awarded.
Deadline Sept 13

Max: 8 participants

Each session: $150

payment must be received to reserve a spot