Sessions held in the home in the natural environment with emphasis on family goals and education.
Home programs developed for functional outcomes in the home and community.
Utilizing activities of daily living to gain life skills through mobility.
SCHOOL BASED PT
Therapy provided in the classroom. Emphasis on seating, support equipment, peer interaction, collaboration with teachers and other therapy staff dependent upon the child's needs. Classroom goal development and assessment.
HIPPOTHERAPY Individual physical therapy sessions utilizing the horse's movement as a therapeutic treatment strategy.
-Why the horse?
Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing and motor planning. Equine movement offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels. During gait transitions, the patient must perform subtle adjustments in the trunk to maintain a stable position. When a patient is sitting forward astride the horse, the horse's walking gait imparts movement responses remarkably similar to normal human gait. The effects of equine movement on postural control, sensory systems, and motor planning can be used to facilitate coordination and timing, neurophysiologic systems that support all of our functional daily living skills.
Each step the horse takes provides strong sensory and physical input in many dimensions including up and down; side to side; and back and forth. By asking for variations in these movements the therapist gains results that cannot be achieved by a machine or duplicated in a clinic setting.
· Autism Spectrum Disorder
· Cerebral Palsy
· Developmental Delay
· Genetic Syndromes
· Learning Disabilities
· Sensory Integration Disorders
· Speech Language Disorders
· Traumatic Brain Injury
· Multiple Sclerosis
· Abnormal muscle tone
· Impaired balance responses
· Impaired coordination
· Impaired communication
· Impaired sensorimotor function
· Postural asymmetry
· Poor postural control
· Decreased mobility
· Limbic system dysfunction related to arousal and attention skills