What is Hippotherapy?
"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 to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient's integrated plan of care" (American Hippotherapy Association). Hippotherapy incorporates OT, PT, and Speech Therapy in a equestrian setting and allows children to engage in multiple styles of movement. Hippotherapy literally means "treatment with the help of the horse" from the Greek word, "hippos" meaning horse.
Hippotherapy for Students:
Hippotherapy is a fun way to get PT, OT, and Speech hours. Students get to explore a new, fun, exciting, activity!
Hippotherapy helps with a wide variety of diagnoses. These include: autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental delays, social/communication delays, brain or spinal cord injuries, and genetic disorders
Hippotherapy for Educators:
This link brings you to the AHA approved curriculum for educators.
Hippotherapy for Therapists:
Terminology most commonly used by therapists at hippotherapy. Target objectives of Hippotherapy include:
"The hippotherapy team of horse, client, side-walkers, therapist and instructor is a wonderful example of a symbiotic relationship."
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