Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapists help children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations.
Recreational horseback riding lessons adapted to individuals with disabilities. Completed by a professional horseback-riding instructor in conjunction with volunteers. The individual is often taught riding skills in a group format, which runs in “sessions.” The instructor must respond to the group as a whole, in addition to fostering individual success. There is occasional hands-on assistance by the riding instructor and/or volunteers, but the instructor usually teaches from the center of the arena. The emphasis is on proper riding position and rein skills, not functional therapeutic goals. Horses have been screened to make sure they have the appropriate temperament for the job. Because therapeutic riding is an adaptive/recreational/sport activity, not therapy, it is not covered by insurance.
Speech Therapists help children with communication disorders. Communication disorders can include, but are not limited to: apraxia, articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language-based learning disabilities, language processing disorders, speech and language delays in young children.
Physical, occupational, or speech therapy, prescribed by a physician and delivered by a team that includes a licensed, specially-trained therapist. The horse’s movement is essential to assist in meeting therapy goals. The horse’s natural three-dimensional movement mimics a typical human gait creating a gentle rhythmic movement that aides in improving overall balance, strength, muscle control and tone, motor development and coordination. A one-on-one treatment designed to achieve individual therapeutic goals. Treatment, depending upon the facilities, generally occurs year-round until the client meets discharge criteria. There is direct hands-on participation by the therapist at all times. The treating therapist continually assesses and modifies therapy based on the client’s responses. Equine-assisted physical, occupational or speech therapy is reimbursable by most medical insurance (third party).