Exploring Use of Hippotherapy as a Treatment Tool

Written by: Ruth Dismuke-Blakely, Neita Miller and Tina Rocco *This article originally appeared on the ASHA Leader Live on 12/11/19. To view the full ASHA Leader Live article click here. Hippotherapy (hippo is Greek for horse) continues to gain recognition in our profession, but several misconceptions exist about this approach used by speech-language pathologists and other clinicians. Hippotherapy is a…

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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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What is Hippotherapy?

According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Inc.), “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…

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