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 strategy 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 physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology professionals apply best practice to create functional change in the patient by skillfully directing equine movement imparted to the patient to engage the patient’s neuro, sensory and movement systems. Integrated with other neuro/sensorimotor techniques, hippotherapy is part of the patient’s plan…

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Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy for Pragmatic Language Deficits

Hippotherapy can be used to address a wide variety of speech and language goals (see my blog on Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy).  Virtually any goal that a Speech Therapist works on in a clinic setting can also be addressed using hippotherapy as a treatment strategy.  Addressing these goals on the moving horse often enhances the results.  Here…

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Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy for Oral Motor, Swallowing and Feeding Difficulties

Hippotherapy can be used to address a wide variety of speech and language goals (see my blog on Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy).  Virtually any goal that a Speech Therapist works on in a clinic setting can also be addressed using hippotherapy as a treatment strategy.  Addressing these goals on the moving horse often enhances the results.  Here…

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