Why a Long Island Speech Therapist Incorporates Movement and Sensory Activities into Speech Therapy Sessions

Many complex processes contribute to a child’s ability to speak, including motor learning, motor planning, sensory processing and sensory integration.  The production of a single syllable requires the participation of 8-10 body parts and the coordinated action of 70 muscles. Because speech is a complex motor task involving so many different muscles and body parts, it is important the entire…

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Choosing a Therapist for Hippotherapy

When seeking a therapist to provide hippotherapy consider the following: Do I want to work with an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or a Speech Language Pathologist? The type of the therapist that you choose to work with should depend on what your or your child’s needs are.  Therapists who use hippotherapy as a treatment tool work to improve functional skills…

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Creating Speech and Language Opportunities in Hippotherapy: St. Patrick’s Day Theme

This blog post is following a day of fun and exciting speech and language therapy sessions at the barn, incorporating hippotherapy.  The leprechauns were at the farm bright and early to create some fun speech and language activities for our patients on St. Patrick’s Day!  Boy did these activities get our clients talking! Creating a hunt for shamrocks and sensory…

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What is a Speech and Language Screening?

Speech and Language Screenings are a wonderful tool to determine if a child is developing within the “average” range when compared to other children his or her age.  Screening tests identify conditions that might need further assessment and are an important part of well-child health care. Often at a Speech and Language Screening the following abilities are assessed: Receptive Language…

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Meet the Hippotherapy Team: Part 1 – Introduction

According to the American Hippotherapy Association, “The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.  Best practice dictates that occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals integrate…

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Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy for Pragmatic Language Deficits

Hippotherapy can be included in a speech therapy session to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems while addressing a wide variety of speech and language goals (see my blog on Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy).  Here are a few ways how a therapist may include hippotherapy as a treatment tool in a speech session while addressing Pragmatic language…

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