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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About The Blog

Speech Language Pathology in Motion is a Speech Therapy private practice located in Islandia, NY which incorporates sensory based activities and gross motor activities including DIRFloortime, Animal Assisted Therapy, Hippotherapy and PROMPT Therapy into our speech therapy sessions to optimize results and help our patients meet their speech and language goals.  To learn more visit www.speechinmotion.com Tina M. Rocco, M.A.…

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