Communication Fun…From a Target Run!

Hello, everyone! Before I begin, I would like to personally thank Tina Rocco of The Speech in Motion Blog for the opportunity to guest blog.  I am so grateful for this opportunity to share about “communication fun” using inexpensive items such as those found at the Target Dollar Spot!   I don’t know about you…but I love finding inexpensive items…

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5 Tips for Applying for Therapy Grants

At Speech Language Pathology in Motion, we believe that all children deserve access to high quality speech, language and feeding therapy, even when therapy is not covered by private health insurance.  Therapy grants are available to help with this.  We have found that most families who actively pursue funding, when a financial need is present, are able to find it. …

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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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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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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 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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