Equine Assisted Therapies (EAT) include both hippotherapy and equine facilitated psychotherapy. At Special Strides Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists incorporate hippotherapy into every treatment session. 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.
Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker utilizes the natural attributes of the horse to help individuals reach their emotional potential. The horse responds to each individual in a unique manner to encourage communication and connectedness all within the natural environment.
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