Special Needs

Whitethorn Academy welcomes people with special needs.


We tailor our coaching programs to each individual, taking account of whether the student’s challenge is physical, intellectual, psychological or behavioural, or a combination of any or all of these.


Our facility is set up to be special needs friendly. The horses we use with our Special People (SPs) are calm, well-mannered and carefully trained to be accommodating to riders who may have balance issues. Our SP lessons are conducted in our covered arena, so when the student is starting to learn to ride off-the-lead, they have the freedom of a spacious area, but which is also bounded by strong boundaries.


Of course we provide special parking zones for wheelchair accessibility and a wheelchair accessible bathroom.


We are familiar with the challenges that can be associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. We now run ‘Special People Pony Playdates’, from time to time. SPPPs provide a fun and safe environment to encourage kids on the autism spectrum to play cooperatively, using our lovely horses and ponies as catalysts for engagement with others. (Check out the Special People Pony Playdate page on Facebook.)


Rubicon Point Pty Ltd (the legal owner of Whitethorn Academy) is a registered provider under the NDIS, in the category “Innovative Community Participation” (line reference 09_009_0117_6_3  ‘Individual skills development & training’). If you are not entitled to claim under this category, please contact us. We may be able to suggest alternative funding options.)


For more information, contact Toni on 0414 855 228 or email info@whitethornacademy.com

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