Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
One of my favorite clients turns 3 this week and will be stopping hippotherapy. I made a video of him using my new button stringing activity. It works just like stringing beads or larger plastic shapes- but instead of inserting a string, the child inserts a "button" (I cut out of a detergent bottle). I sewed the end of the cord to the Home Depot apron I was wearing. I like starting out using rigid plastic and then moving onto using cloth pieces with button holes cut out of the centers.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I have discovered this sweet and beautifully illustrated children's book that demonstrates the experience of hippotherapy from the perspective of a girl with autism. Julie fidgets, is willing to look Cheyenne in the eye, is bothered by some sounds but not the sound of the ocean while riding, understands how to make her horse trot, focuses while riding, develops motor control, thinks about her horse's feelings, enjoys touching him and relaxes while riding.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I cropped this photo to hide my client's identity, but perhaps you can make out her orange sleeve. She is on her belly bearing weight on her left hand since she just threw a ball into the basket. This toy (which I bought at a yard sale for a dollar) has been a hit because it makes funny sounds and it is small enough for me to hold in locations positions- like here with the child over the horse's barrel.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
This video of a hippotherapy session explains how the therapists make decisions re: what horse to use, speed, positioning, adaptive equipment, direction of movement etc. The narrator also reports the progress seen from session to session (i.e. improved stretch to straddle horse) as well as improvement seen from beginning to end of one single session-i.e. postural control to sit up without arm supported on cushion.