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What is Hippotherapy?
The use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance and cognitive functions.
It is a new form of therapy, just beginning in the 1960’s
Issue: Is it effective? … Yes!
Uses occupational therapy to perform certain beneficial exercises while on the horse.
Observing hippotherapy techniques. He is strengthening posture, vestibular and somatosensory balance, and motor functioning.
He is reaching extensively to the left/right, which strengthens visual-motor function and balance.
He is switching sides between each therapist, strengthening right/left coordination, attention, and motor skills
Child strengthening attention and stimulating cognition while using product.
Learning the basic exercises of occupational therapy and hippotherapy required a lot of observation and practice, but I was able to put them into a product that is highly beneficial.
I was able to grow in interpersonal skills with younger children who had special needs.
THANK YOU !