Before I start this post I want to state that I’m trying to word this as tactfully as possible.
Over the years I have had students that had mild to moderate emotional or mental ‘disabilities’ like ADHD, Cerebral Palsy or Autism.
I find that when a ‘special needs’ student makes their way into my program I can feel the parents unease being around groups of ‘normal’ children, and their parents.
I understand this, as one of my own children was pretty highstrung (diagnoised with ADHD) and I often got opinions from other parents about his behavior. Often times I felt ‘unwelcome’, and I believe I have seen this within my own program (not that parents are saying anything or acting outwardly, but I have had parents come to me saying "Why doesn’t Suzies mom discipline her?).
I was considering offering a class session, using our “Parent, Pony & Me” format (an ‘experienced’ based session of grooming, tacking and leadline rides doing your typical seating exercises that may be done on a lunge line) specifically for ‘special needs’ kids. I’m thinking the parents will be able to ‘relax’ in the company of other parents who understand.
What I am not offering is THERAPY of any way, shape or form. Like I have said, I have had children with special needs join my lesson programs in the past/present.
I want to advertise this ethically and tactfully - just looking for advice for wording.