TherapyShare: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Hippotherapy

It was my absolute pleasure to write an article on AAC for the American Hippotherapy Association’s publication HIPPOTHERAPY. As a licensed speech language pathologist (SLP), I incorporate hippotherapy into my patient’s treatment plans if and when it is appropriate to help them meet their therapy goals. According to the American Hippotherapy Association, the term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy,…

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Top 10 Hippotherapy Myths and Misconceptions

For some, the term “hippotherapy” can be confusing.  When people first hear about hippotherapy, some common questions are: “Is that some kind of therapy for hippos?”,  “Do hippotherapists provide it?”, “Is this some kind of ‘miracle cure’?”,  “Is that an alternative therapy?”, “Isn’t that experimental?” The answer is “No!” to all of these questions. Hippotherapy is not a magical or…

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Speech Language Pathology and Hippotherapy

What do Speech-Language Pathologists do? 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 Language difficulties Social communication difficulties Cognitive-communication difficulties Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) What is hippotherapy?  According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Inc.), “The term hippotherapy refers…

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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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