Animal Assisted Activity

Age range: 0 - 25 | Price: Free | Activity by: The Ranch
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About Project

A one to one session with one of The Ranch Therapy facilitators. The sessions are person centred and led by you and your needs. A non-structured approach to therapy works well when working in a relaxed and safe environment with our horses, goats and pigs. Through initial assessment a planned and structural session can be made to meet your need with feedback provided.

Animal Assisted Therapy & What Science Says
For Mental Health:

  • The simple act of petting animals releases an automatic relaxation response. Humans interacting with animals have found that petting the animal promoted the release of serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin - all hormones that can play a part in elevating moods
  • Lowers anxiety and helps people relax.
  • Provides comfort.
  • Reduces loneliness.
  • Increases mental stimulation. Assist in recall of memories and help sequence temporal events in patients with head injuries or chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Can provide an escape or happy distraction.
  • Can act as catalysts in the therapy process. May help break the ice. May reduce the initial resistance that might accompany therapy.

For Physical Health:

  • Reduces the amount of medications some people need.
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Breathing slows in those who are anxious.
  • Releases many hormones such as Phenylethylamine which has the same effect as chocolate.
  • Diminishes overall physical pain.
  • Relax more during exercise.

For Children with Autism:

  • Many children with autism feel a deep bond with animals and feel that they are able to relate better than humans.
  • Children with autism engage in a significantly greater use of language and social interaction in therapy sessions that incorporate animals

Please contact us directly at to book a session. Family sessions are also available. Prices of sessions vary depending on the individual's needs.

Project availability

During: School Term & School Holidays

Excluding: Bank Holidays

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In-person Support In-person Support
Target Young People , Parents
Cost Free
Age of participants Child age: 0 - 25
Location The Ranch
Coombe Valley Road
Weymouth, DT3 6NL
Available from - to 13/07/2022-25/08/2023
We offer some 1:1 support for children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities at this programme. Contact us to discuss how we can support your child.
The Ranch

The Ranch

Contact details:
43 Coombe Valley Road
Weymouth, DT3 6NL

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