Friday, July 5, 2013

hippotherapy

Andrew started hippotherapy (physical therapy involving riding horses) in early June when summer vacation started.  He was reluctant at first, but once on the horse, he loved it. 



Every time we go to therapy now, he says he wants to go to hippotherapy, so we decided to switch his occupational therapy to a hippotherapy session as well.  The center is close to our house, the arena is heated, so he'll be able to ride horses all year long.



Elliott and I like watching him ride.  He always has a big grin and you can see him talking and singing nonstop.



In PT, he rides forwards, backwards, and sidesaddle slowly around the arena.  In his first OT session last week, they had him riding laying on his stomach perpendicular to the horse, and also trotting a little bit so he was bumping up and down. 



For anyone contemplating hippotherapy, or struggling with sensory issues, I would highly recommend trying hippotherapy!  I believe it's been a large contributor to his significant and outstanding progress in the last couple of weeks.  I also think a switch from a classroom-type therapy session is the break he needed to be more engaged and successful.





3 comments:

MemoryKeeper July 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM  

I enjoyed reading your blog and loved the pictures of your son finger painting. I am a special education teacher and I would love to use your sequence of pictures in a sample instruction sheet about using paint to print for kindergarten students with special needs. Of course, I would block your son's face and send you the sample prior to sharing. Thanks for your kind consideration.

MemoryKeeper July 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM  
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Kathy July 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM  

hello, Please email me if you would, kathymarie81 at gmail.com

thanks!

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