Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

Creating Language Opportunities in Hippotherapy – Spring Theme

Hippotherapy is a wonderful speech and language treatment strategy.  Our spring themed speech and language activities were a lot of fun.  Most of the children did this activity for 2 sessions or more.  All of the kids had a great time and asked to do this activity again and again, some even asked about it again weeks later.  This also…

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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy

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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Articulation and Phonology, Equine Assisted Therapy, Expressive Language, Hippotherapy, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion

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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Equine Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy, Speech Language Pathology in Motion, The Hippotherapy Team

Meet the Hippotherapy Team: Part 2 – The Therapist

This is part 2 of a 5 part series about the hippotherapy team.  In Part 1 we learned that there are many people involved in making physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy sessions incorporating equine movement (hippotherapy) possible, and that each member of the team plays an important role.  The therapist is the “leader” of the team. Hippotherapy can…

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Articulation and Phonology, Expressive Language, Oral Motor Skills, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development

What is a Speech and Language Screening?

Speech and Language Screenings are a wonderful tool to determine if a child is developing within the “average” range when compared to other children his or her age.  Screening tests identify conditions that might need further assessment and are an important part of well-child health care. Often at a Speech and Language Screening the following abilities are assessed: Receptive Language…

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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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Articulation and Phonology, Expressive Language, Feeding Skills, Home Practice Ideas for Speech and Language, Pragmatic Language and Social Skills, Receptive Language, Speech and Language Development, Speech and Language Therapy

Valentine’s Day Speech and Language Home Practice Ideas

Every February 14,  men, women and children across the United States and around the world, exchange valentines, candy, flowers and gifts all in the name of St. Valentine as an expression of friendship and love.  The holiday is often decorated with pink, red and purple hearts. We hope that you will enjoy these Valentine’s Day activities with a speech and…

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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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