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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Articulation and Phonology, Auditory Processing Disorders, Expressive Language, Feeding Skills, Home Practice Ideas for Speech and Language, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development

5 Super-Cool Speech and Language Activities to Get You Through a Hot Summer!

Hot weather can make it difficult to find things to do to keep children both busy and cool during the summer months.  Here are 5 activities that can be used to both entertain and cool off your little ones as well as help them practice speech and language skills.  These activities are so much fun that your little one won’t…

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Articulation and Phonology, Expressive Language, Feeding Skills, Home Practice Ideas for Speech and Language, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy

Valentine’s Day Speech and Language Home Practice Ideas

Every February 14,  men, women and children across the United States and around the world, exchange valentines, candy, flowers and gifts all in the name of St. Valentine as an expression of friendship and love.  The holiday is often decorated with pink, red and purple hearts. We hope that you will enjoy these Valentine’s Day activities with a speech and…

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Equine Assisted Therapy, Feeding Skills, Hippotherapy, Oral Motor Skills, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

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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Expressive Language, Feeding Skills, Home Practice Ideas for Speech and Language, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

Groundhog’s Day Speech and Language Activities

Each year, on February 2nd, people in the United States and Canada celebrate Groundhog’s day.  According to folklore, if it is cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end.  If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its…

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

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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