Walk on – Helping Children with Autism through Horseback Riding
January 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
Kelly Dillard is a psychology major at the University of Texas. Through the Miss Texas organization, the beauty pageant titleholder has been heavily involved in various philanthropic initiatives and community projects. One of the organizations that Kelly Dillard supports is Walk On, a therapeutic riding and learning center located in Celina, Texas.
The main aim of Walk On is to help children on the autism spectrum to open up and reach their full potential. This is done through supervised horseback riding, listening, reading, spelling, and social interaction, which are used in conjunction with a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals as advised by his or her teacher.
Volunteers are encouraged to help out, especially with Walk On’s therapeutic horseback riding program, which the organization has been providing since 2003. Those who want to help in taking care of the horses or assisting the classes can sign up at http://www.therapyriding.com/volunteer.