Monday, April 27, 2009

Hippotherapy promotes language

A mother of a 3 year old boy on the autism spectrum told me today that he talks all afternoon until dinner after hippotherapy (at 3:00 pm). It is great to hear about the positives.

Another 3 year old finally stopped crying after 5 sessions of nonstop crying. I usually tell parents that the child will get over separation after a couple of weeks, but this child seemed terrified. Finally, the beautiful weather seemed to impact his emotional state and he didn't even scream when the horse sneezed.

My main fine motor activity today was to take blocks out of the basket attached to the tack to insert inside a yoghurt container with a square hole in the center. Some of the kids were able to stabilize the container independently or with very little help. The kids seem to enjoy folding the basket when finished. We did this activity while facing backwards so that there was a bit more rotation involved and a wider work surface on the horse croup.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

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