Former Model Shares Her Heart With the Special Needs Community
Karin Taylor, co-founder of Weisberg Family Foundation and owner of Weisberg Stables.
One of Karin’s most celebrated programs is called Unbridled Power, a one-of-a-kind equine assisted learning horse therapy program that focuses on helping people with special needs, veterans, and children develop critical life skills. Equine assisted learning is an incredible learning approach that promotes the development of essential life skills through groundwork activities using horses as the teacher. This type of therapy has been proven especially beneficial for children with autism.
Karin said she is very proud her family was able to create a way to practice hands-on philanthropy through the creation of the Weisberg Family Foundation and their various programs. To her, it is important to teach her children not only that they have been created for a unique purpose but that they have a responsibility to use their time, talents, and resources to help others. Karin is passionate about encouraging others to do this as individuals and within their own families.
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Children and animals have always inspired Karin and brought her joy. She is passionate about both and said they both were good teachers.
Karin is currently working on a TV show that will showcase the children and animals they work with to educate and inspire others in the unique ways that animals can bring hope and healing to those in need. They are also working on a podcast series called, That’s Amazing, that will share the unique ways that other everyday people are using their own time, talents and resources to make a difference in the world.
At the farm, they are continuing to develop their Equine and Sensory Petting Zoo curriculum which will become part of a five-year research study with the Salvation Army West Palm Beach.
Through the foundation, Karin said they hope to open two more Free Library Initiative Locations in Florida. “In short, my goals are to continue to dream big and use my time, talents and resources to impact the community in a positive way,” Karin said.
Advice for families affected by autism:
“Trust your instincts. You know your child best. Open your mind and heart to trying different techniques and experiences. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. Take care of yourself. Put as much time into caring for yourself as you do your child. Everyone benefits if the primary caregivers are operating from a full tank. At our farm, we also try to provide interactions for caregivers because they need healing and respite too.”
This article was featured in Issue 80 – Conquering Challenges With ASD