A special friendship with a miniature Shetland pony called NicNac has helped 18 year old Finn to improve his communication skills and be able to express his preferences
Jemma, Finn’s teacher, has noticed real improvements in Finn’s communication skills and involvement in the farm since he started working with NicNac:
“From the first session Finn had with NicNac, he was very engaged. He reached out to touch the pony while remaining calm and focused. Finn had previously not always been as engaged at the farm and would vocalise to indicate he wanted to finish or change activity. When he returned to the classroom after his first session, we were able to engage with Finn using his symbol communication board. This allows him to indicate his preferences to us using symbols– and he told us he wanted to do more with NicNac including taking him for walks”.
These sessions have continued and Finn shows his focus and enjoyment each week, continuing with his positive communication. NicNac can also be heard whinnying as Finn arrives onto the farm, cementing a very special bond.
Finn’s mother, Rowena, said:
“We are thrilled with the progress Finn has made since he met NicNac. Their unique friendship has really improved Finn’s communication and helped us understand more fully what he needs. His confidence has improved and Patchwork Farm continues to be a very important part of his life”.