Florence is one of the many children who attend our Birmingham Sanctuary for donkey-assisted therapy. At the age of two she was diagnosed with a number of conditions, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, that has had a profound affect on her social interaction.
Everyday situations can be very frightening for Florence and her reactions to fear and stress can be severe, from hives to sickness. At worst, her throat swells up and she finds it hard to breathe.
Her mum, Cate, says that receiving donkey-assisted therapy has helped Florence to interact with people and animals.
"At first Florence wouldn’t let me out of her sight and I had to go into the riding arena and walk around with her. But over time she has built up a relationship with the people and the donkeys that she sees every week, and has grown the confidence to go it alone, even talking to people. Overall, it has given her a happy time every week where she can interact socially and not be scared.”