Some children may benefit from the movement of the horse during speech-language therapy sessions.
Who Benefits from Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy that uses equine movement to impact the child's system organization. The therapist uses the horse's movement to promote variations in the child's movement-- in order to provide natural prompts for speech and language.
Hippotherapy can be an especially beneficial treatment strategy for the following areas:
Breath Support for Speech Production
Speech Rate, Cadence/Rhythm, and Clarity
Attention and Task Completion as related to Speech, Language, and Cognitive Concepts
The horse's movement also positively affects other areas which can impact speech and language:
Body Awareness (Proprioception) and Balance
Core Strength and Coordination (including Gross/Fine Motor Skills)
Range of Motion
Sensory and Self-Regulation Skills
Cathy uses hippotherapy as a fun and meaningful treatment strategy that supports the whole child during speech-language therapy.
The horse's movement is organizing and motivating for children as they improve their communication skills. Cathy's sessions serve therapy needs across a large range of ages; please Contact Cathy with specific questions.