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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Meet the Hippotherapy Team: Part 1 – Introduction

According to the American Hippotherapy Association, “The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.  Best practice dictates that occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals integrate…

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Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy for Pragmatic Language Deficits

Hippotherapy can be included in a speech therapy session to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems while addressing a wide variety of speech and language goals (see my blog on Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy).  Here are a few ways how a therapist may include hippotherapy as a treatment tool in a speech session while addressing Pragmatic language…

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Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy for Receptive and Expressive Language Deficits

Hippotherapy can be included in a speech therapy session as a treatment tool while addressing a wide variety of speech and language goals (see my blog on Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy).  Including hippotherapy in treatment engages sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems and can help to promote functional outcomes.  Here are a few ways how a therapist may…

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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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Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities: Terminology 101

Sometimes when reading information or when  speaking to professionals (both therapists and instructors) related to therapy services and recreational activities that include equines, I am shocked to hear how often inaccurate terminology is used when talking about things like hippotherapy and adaptive riding!  For example, terms like “horse therapy”, “horseback therapy”, “therapeutic riding”.  Is it therapy or not?  I often…

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