Articulation and Phonology, Equine Assisted Therapy, Expressive Language, Feeding Skills, Hippotherapy, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion, The Hippotherapy Team

Speech Language Pathology and Hippotherapy

Why might speech language pathology professionals use hippotherapy? Speech treatment may incorporate Hippotherapy into a client’s treatment plan for a variety of reasons.  According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat 5 main areas in children and adults. These areas are: Speech difficulties occur when a person is unable to…

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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

What is the Difference Between Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Horseback Riding?

The positive benefits of interactions between horses and individuals with special needs have been recognized and researched for decades.  As a result. there are a variety of services and activities available for individuals with special needs incorporating horses.  Two of the most common are “therapeutic/adaptive horseback riding lessons” and “hippotherapy”.  Sometimes in the media, and even in the research, the…

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Articulation and Phonology, Equine Assisted Therapy, Expressive Language, Hippotherapy, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy

Our Favorite Fall Activities at Speech in Motion

Who doesn’t love Fall?  There are so many fun activities and toys that are Fall themed.  We wanted to share a few of our favorites that we have been using with our clients this Fall to help them work on speech and language skills in the clinic and at the farm! Apple and Pumpkin Picking Fun- We found these great…

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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, The Hippotherapy Team

Meet the Hippotherapy Team: Part 3 – The Horse

This is part 3 of a 5 part series about the hippotherapy team.  In Part 1 we learned that there are many people involved in making hippotherapy sessions possible, and that each member of the hippotherapy team plays an important role.  In Part 2 we learned that The therapist is the leader of the hippotherapy team and about the importance…

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Articulation and Phonology, Auditory Processing Disorders, Equine Assisted Therapy, Expressive Language, Hippotherapy, Oral Motor Skills, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, PROMPT Therapy, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

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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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

Creating Language Opportunities in Hippotherapy – Spring Theme

Hippotherapy is a wonderful speech and language treatment strategy.  Our spring themed speech and language activities were a lot of fun.  Most of the children did this activity for 2 sessions or more.  All of the kids had a great time and asked to do this activity again and again, some even asked about it again weeks later.  This also…

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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy

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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Articulation and Phonology, Equine Assisted Therapy, Expressive Language, Hippotherapy, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

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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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion, The Hippotherapy Team

Meet the Hippotherapy Team: Part 2 – The Therapist

This is part 2 of a 5 part series about the hippotherapy team.  In Part 1 we learned that there are many people involved in making physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy sessions incorporating equine movement (hippotherapy) possible, and that each member of the team plays an important role.  The therapist is the “leader” of the team. Hippotherapy can…

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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion, The Hippotherapy Team

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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