Speech Language Pathology and Hippotherapy

What do Speech-Language Pathologists do? 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 Language difficulties Social communication difficulties Cognitive-communication difficulties Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) What is hippotherapy?  According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Inc.), the term hippotherapy refers…

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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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Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy

Speech and language development is not just about what occurs in the mouth.   Organization and integration of the sensory systems and core strength, trunk control and breath support are important parts of speech and language development.  The ability to register speech and language, attend to it, and process it is all related to these systems working. It is no coincidence…

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