I have worked with children on the autism spectrum for the last decade in  my equine therapy practice.  More often than not, the child with the diagnosis is not the only family member in need of support.   With limited resources available, often times parents fail to get the help they need for coping with the marital, parental, financial and other stressors they experience because they use all the resources they do have to help their diagnosed child.  In addition, I have also found that the mental health needs of siblings frequently go untreated.  Often siblings don't speak up about how autism effects them because they know that their parents are overwhelmed.  What I like about the services Stable Foundations offers is that they focus on the family as a whole.  Their equine based approach to family therapy helps every member of the family get the support they need without taxing the family with multiple appointments and multiple fees for service.  Inclusion of the entire family opens communication between family members and illustrates that they must take care of their own needs in order to best help the child with autism.

 I love the oxygen mask metaphor that comes from the airline industry.  If a parent passes out from lack of oxygen they are no longer able to assist their child.  Parents must put their oxygen mask on first.  That is just what Stable Foundations does, meets the needs of the parents and siblings so that they can better support the child most in need.
Terri Jennings, Ph.D.

Dr. Terri Jennings is a licensed psychologist (PY 6802). She has volunteered, worked and trained in the field of psychology for over 10 years. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami in 2002. She has worked in a variety of settings with children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and family therapy contexts. She trained for several years with emotionally handicapped children and teens at risk of dropping out of high school within the Miami-Dade Public School System. Dr. Jennings also trained for two years at University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital with children and adults with HIV and other chronic illnesses as well as adolescents and adults in substance abuse treatment.
More information about Dr. Jennings and her work may be found on her website:  www.healinghoovesinc.com