A place where Neurodiverse
families come together
Healing HeARTs Ranch
Healing Hearts Ranch is a place dedicated to helping neurodiverse families with school aged children connect with one another through art and nature.
As a mother of two boys, who are gifted in their own ways, we have struggled to find help in our province with Selective Mutism, High functioning Autism and ADHD.
I realize the term High Functioning is not always received well and I apologize in advance for anyone who may find that term upsetting. Unfortunately, the term Aspergers is no longer used and has been replaced with a broad Autism Spectrum Disorder..
Early on in our diagnosis we discovered very little awareness of Selective Mutism in Nova Scotia and a gap in the province in services targeted to individuals higher on the spectrum, especially for school aged children. So as an Indigenous Artist, with a background in Psychology, I turned to art, nature and animals to assist my family and my boys began to thrive!
I am working towards my Masters degree in Counselling Psychology but have been teaching art for many years as a professional artist. I offer individual and small group art sessions to help people with anxieties and specifically empower children with new ways of expressing themselves.
I strongly believe in the therapeutic value of art, nature and animals in healing. So our life centers around life in the woods surrounded by animals and creative play.
Having a distraction such as a hike or engaged in a creative process is critical in my experience to give kids something to focus on to help alleviate some of the anxieties away from a clinical setting.
During Covid our meeting times are limited but once restrictions begin to lift I will offer small family group hikes to casually connect together. Individual art sessions will be offered again soon.
I plan to run a small summer creative class for children age 9-13 who may struggle with Selective Mutism and/or high functioning Autism, where we can learn various artistic skills while building friendships.
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As a family that "gets it" - know you are not alone!
More info on Selective Mutism and Blog coming soon...