Gregor’s work experience at Jenner’s Farm in Plumpton is providing him with a wealth of experience and also helping him work towards achieving a qualification too.
In his second academic year at LVS Hassocks, he is learning stable management and has completed the following six modules, some of which have been working alongside an Asdan qualification:
- Mucking out, learning about different bedding types
- Health and safety around the farm
- Learning how to put a head collar on and safely lead a horse
- Field management
- Horse breeds and colours
However the benefits of such a work experience placement for a learner with autism run much deeper than academic development, with being around the horses having a very calming effect on Gregor. Carrying out work experience at the farm also seems to improve Gregor’s communication and listening skills.
Mandy Simmerling said: “He is learning to trust and it de–stresses him. He has a decrease in inappropriate behaviour, and caring for another living creature makes him step out of his comfort zone to try something new – he tries to communicate with the horses. The Interaction with the horses improves his strength and physical co-ordination. More importantly, he seems to get much joy from his relationship with the horses, which helps Gregor have a better sense of well-being and more self-confidence”.
Mandy added: “I am hoping this work experience will eventually increase his attention and enhance his thinking, along with helping him learn faster, and retain information longer. His mum is really pleased that he is able to access this work experience and Gregor has said that he would like to work with horses one day”.