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P.O. Box 214
Waleska, GA 30183
4 April 2017
Judges, Senior Project
Cherokee High School
930 Marietta Hwy.
Canton, GA 30114
My name is Abigail Kelley, I’m 17 years old and enjoy helping others. My main goal in life is to help others in any way I can. I also hope to attend a college that will help me pursue this goal. My senior capstone career project concerns occupational therapy and hippotherapy. I decided to create a product that is not only related to the fields listed above but one that also benefits others.
The topic of my research paper is how hippotherapy improves cognitive and motor functioning. The issue that was researched is on whether hippotherapy effectively improves motor and cognitive functioning in children and adults. While researching, I learned that hippotherapy is an effective form of cognitive and motor therapy. The rhythmic movement of horses enhances balance, posture and muscle tone, which improves motor control. Similarly, certain exercises, such as learning how to communicate with the horse and therapists, ameliorate cognitive functioning.
The product I have chosen is a rain stick made to be used during hippotherapy sessions. In my research paper, I explain how hippotherapy improves multiple cognitive and motor functions. When using my product during hippotherapy sessions, children perform certain movements that improve the same functions. One obstacle I faced was learning about all the different exercises of hippotherapy and how each one improved certain muscles, for there was many specifications. However, once I had learned these exercises, I was able to put them into a product that could be used for multiple exercises and enhance motor and cognitive abilities.
In my research paper, I explain how hippotherapy improves functioning in children and without education in occupational therapy, this could not be done. Occupational therapists use their knowledge during hippotherapy sessions to improve motor control. I want to pursue a career in occupational therapy in order to pursue my goal of helping others. I have also enjoyed working with horses my whole life and wanted to incorporate them in my future career as well. I’ve learned that helping others is my passion and that occupational therapy is a great career to pursue with this passion.
I believe that I have completed my goals in helping others with this project. Thank you for your time and consideration regarding my project