Changing Rein is a nonprofit in Graham, WA. They offer a form of therapy that uses horseback riding and other various activities involving horses to help people with mental, physical and emotional needs and goals. Barn Manager Lindsay Gerken shares what Equine Assisted Therapy is all about.
Chance Rhoades is a college student and also a baristo at the Starbucks on 12th & Columbia. He prides himself in remembering customers names as well as their typical order.
I want to do a story on Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) for children with disabilities. EAT is a form of therapy that uses horseback riding and other various activities involving horses to help people with mental and physical disabilities.
I will go to a nonprofit facility, Changing Reins, in Graham, WA. I am going to interview/follow Barn Manager and Volunteer Captain Lindsay Gerken. She has been working at Changing Reins since 2011 and is currently a college student studying psychology in hopes of becoming equine assisted certified after graduating. I will have Lindsay "take me through her day" which will allow me to get visuals and audio of her working with the horses and with the children at Changing Reins. This will make for great visuals and audio of "barn life": sounds from horses, cleaning the horses and their stalls, and children interacting with horses.
During my time at the barn I will also want to have a quick interview with Director Sandra Reid Boe. I also hope to have a sit down interview with a child's family to talk with them about their experience with EAT.
This story will be interesting because it seems there is a lot of success from EAT, however, there are no proven statistics because of the lack of studies been done. Although, I will gather proof of success from the few studies that have been done and from the success I find at Changing Reins.
1. Lindsay Gerken- Barn Manager at Changing Reins
2. Sandra Reid Boe- Directore at Changing Reins
3. Jackie Berreth- Administrator at Changing Reins
*Child’s parents from Changing Reins- Do not have the names yet
4. Tetreault, A. (2006). Horses that heal: The effectiveness of Equine Assisted Growth and Learning on the behavior of students diagnosed with Emotional Disorder.
5. Klontz, B.T., Bivens, A., Leinart, D. & Klontz, T. (2007). The effectiveness of equine-assisted experiential therapy: Results of an open clinical trial. Society and Animals, 15 (2007), 257-267.
Micheal Terrado, 23, enjoys the sunset from the Seattle Waterfront. While it was a record breaking temperature for Seattleites on May 1st, Terrado, who has been living in California the past four years, decided he needed a jacket.
University of Washington Tacoma student Justin Naylor-Madsen gives an inside scoop at what it’s like working at the Regal South Hill Cinema 6. He even reveals the secret to making movie theater popcorn.
Justin: My name is Justin Naylor-Madsen and I work at the movie the theater and I’m 18.
Me: Do you do anything else besides work here?
Justin: I am a student at UW right now im in Tacoma campus and Im just trying to go through my way on the computer program.
Me: Take me through your typical work day…what are your usual duties?
Justin: So whenever we are opening we all kind of do the same thing because we are all trained in everything we would end up doing here. So in the mornings we just turn on the popper and get a batch ready for the first set of movies that are playing. And we get the popcorn going, get all these set up and make sure the nozzles are on. Make sure the butter is ready and that the butter pump is working. And then we just kind of wait for people to come in. Sell tickets, get them their food. And then the day kind of goes by like it normally would. Clean up as movies get out. Get them ready for the next show. Take out the trash once the cans are full..stuff like that.
Me: What’s your favorite part about your job?
Justin: I kinda like cleaning theaters. Just because I get to get out of this when it’s all hectic. We get a lot of people in here so you kinda want to get away.
Me: What’s your biggest pet peeve from customers?
Justin: If somebody craps on the floor I have to clean it up.
Me: What!? Wow. How many times has it happened?
Justin: It’s happened twice in the past year and a half so…
Me: How do you deal with angry customers?
Justin: Ask them if they want popcorn.
Me: What’s the secret to making good popcorn?
Justin: …Love..definitely. There’s a lot of love that goes into making popcorn
Me: Do you get any discounts?
Justin: Yep! Free movies twice a day.
This year Easter Sunday falls on April 20th, "Weed Day". Seattle residents Devon Simpson, Brett Hallonquist, and Patrick Barr share their thoughts and their plans for 4-20, the collective opinion being joints and Jesus do not conflict.