Top 10 Hippotherapy Myths and Misconceptions

For some, the term “hippotherapy” can be confusing.  When people first hear about hippotherapy, some common questions are: “Is that some kind of therapy for hippos?”,  “Do hippotherapists provide it?”, “Is this some kind of ‘miracle cure’?”,  “Is that an alternative therapy?”, “Isn’t that experimental?” The answer is “No!” to all of these questions. Hippotherapy is not a magical or…

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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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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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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 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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