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.

(Source: American Hippotherapy Association)

Please contact us to get information about the referral requirements for participation in Hippotherapy at Hoofprint Meadows.


    Who can benefit from Hippotherapy?

    Hippotherapy may be appropriate for patients who have been diagnosed with the following:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Attention Deficit Disorder
    • Augmented Alternative Communication, PECS
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Cerebrovascular Accident / Stroke
    • Developmental Delay
    • Feeding Disorders
    • Genetic Syndromes
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Limbic System Dysfunction
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Oral Motor Delays
    • Parkinsons
    • Pragmatic Language Delays & Disorders
    • Sensory Integration Disorders
    • Speech & Language Disorders
    • Stuttering & Fluency Disorders
    • Swallowing Difficulties
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
     

    Benefits of Hippotherapy

    Our patients have fun while building communication skills.

    Our patients have fun while building communication skills.

    Our hippotherapy patients are frequently referred by their doctor to improve:

    • Postural stability
    • Arousal & attention
    • Balance & body awareness
    • Endurance
    • Respiratory function
    • Core strength
    • Motivation & problem solving strategies
    • Self-confidence
    • Expressive / receptive speech & language
    • Rhythm and timing for speech
    • Oral motor skills
    • Strength, coordination, and timing for swallowing 
    • Sensorimotor integration