As defined by the American Hippotherapy Association:
Hippotherapy refers to the incorporation of equine movement by physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech language pathology professionals in treatment.
These professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage the sensorimotor and neuromotor systems to create functional change in their patient. Used with other neuromotor and sensorimotor techniques, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.
Upside provides therapy services to special needs children utilizing the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy (Hippotherapy). Hippotherapy is utilized as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes. Only occupational, physical and speech therapists may provide hippotherapy services.
Services are provided at Rock Creek Riding Club and Seneca Park three days per week weather permitting. Upside provides hippotherapy services to special needs children with diagnoses including; Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and many other disorders effecting the neuromuscular system. Ages of patients range between three years and 14 years or 100 pounds.
Most importantly, by combining effective therapy techniques and outdoor recreation, hippotherapy provides each child with an activity they thoroughly enjoy!
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