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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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

Hippotherapy as a Speech Therapy Treatment Strategy for Pragmatic Language Deficits

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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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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Equine Assisted Therapy, Expressive Language, Hippotherapy, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

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

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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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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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities: Terminology 101

Sometimes when reading information or when  speaking to professionals (both therapists and instructors) related to Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities, 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 also see people…

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