Occupational Therapy incorporating Hippotherapy
Occupational Therapy incorporating Hippotherapy utilizes the movement of the horse as part of an integrated intervention program. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, Occupational Therapy is part of a patient's integrated plan of care.
Occupational Therapy incorporating Hippotherapy is a medical treatment utilizing the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a treatment strategy to address functional goals. The American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) defines Hippotherapy as the method that 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. The dynamic movement of the horse combined with the dynamic environment can lead to positive functional change.
Sessions are conducted by a licensed Occupational Therapist credentialed as a PATH Intl. Registered Therapist. The program serves individuals 2 years of age or older.
Occupational Therapy incorporating Hippotherapy is offered in 45-minute sessions weekly. Client fees are $75 per session and are offered in session blocks ranging from 6 to 15 weeks throughout the year. Clients are requred to complete a Participant Application Package with a physician's referral to participate in Occupational Therapy incorporating Hippotherapy.
For more information, contact Sara Zurenko, Program Director: Sara.Zurenko@southernreins.org.