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19 July 2010

Gentle horses rein in autistic kids

Nicky Cusack is eight years old and has autism, and his parents say his therapeutic horse-riding lessons are the one therapy they will never give up as they help him so much.

Over the eight years that Mary Cusack has been raising her son, Nicky, she's become familiar with finger 'stims' - the repetitive hand movements that Nicky and others with autism often display. If left unchecked, Nicky's stimming can interfere with everyday activities.

"Stimming interferes with his abilities at school," she said. "But I always say, 'Don't worry, as soon as we get him back on the horse I can guarantee that for every month that he hasn't been riding, it's going to take one week and then we aren't going to see the stim again'."

 
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