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To continue the use of animal therapy through the use of miniature horses and dogs, as has been done for the last 10+ years.

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Thanks- Hunsinger Horses Healing Horses

School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Elisabeth Kirtley 
Students Impacted:
50 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
November 7, 2016

Investor

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Pinellas Education Foundation - $250.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 10

This program benefits all of the ESE Students at Calviin Hunsinger. This year I have the opportunity to work with EBD/Autistc middle school students. I am finding that these students are truly impacted by the miniature horses. They make sure that they have fresh water and hay. They love to groom them and take them for long walks. They walk our track with them and set up small jumps for them to jump. It is very heart warming when I watch my students groom and talk to them about their day they are having. These therapy horses do a great job for all our students at Calvin Hunsinger!

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

To continue the use of animal therapy through the use of miniature horses and dogs, as has been done for the last 10+ years. 

 

What will be done with my students

Animals will be used as therapy/sensory integration throughout the day with the students at our Center. In addition, they will be used for Positive Reinforcement in regards to demonstration of responsible behavior. Finally, the horses will be used as career preparation with students learning equine care. 

 

Benefits to my students

The benefit of using animal therapy for students with Emotional, Behavior, and Sensory Disorders has been highly researched. It results in the decrease of unwanted behaviors. For example, students who typically run from their assigned areas are less likely to elope with the presence of the animals. In addition, students with sensory disorders can fulfill sensory needs through interactions of the horses and dogs. Finally, students have been shown to have an increase in reading when allowed to read to the animals as opposed to staff. 

 

Describe the Students

Our school is a Center School in the Highest Poverty area with all students receiving free/reduced lunch. Our students are diagnosed with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in addition to many other disabilities such as ASD, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, and Intellectual Delays. Our school focuses on Behavior Modification, with a goal of the students being able to reintegrate into "typical" academic schools. The majority of our students are low performers and need intensive interventions, such as therapies described above. 

 

Budget Narrative

The supplies for the dogs and horses will include yearly vet checks, food, and farrier services (blacksmith). Certification for any new service animals (we have 2 expected to come in). 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Supplies for dogs $35.00
2 Supplies for horses $165.00
3 Continued Certification $50.00
  Total: $250.00

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