Hippotherapy treaments help children with special needs
by penelopesaunders on September 6, 2016 - 11:42am
The issue that the article was discussing, was whether or not children with special needs benefit from hippotherapy treatment. Author Maureen Wallace, explains hippotherapy as “ ‘[…] the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction.’ ” After reading this article, the conclusion that the author draws is very clear, she believes that hippotherapy treatments does help when it comes to children with more particular needs.
1. If hippotherapy is present in a “child’s plan of care”, this has been seen to improve mobility.
2. Mobility is increased because of the neurologic responses that hippotherapy provides.
3. Lori Garone, a physical therapist explains that “the horse's movement… access[es a patient's] central nervous system… by the repetitive and innate rhythm of the horse's walk.”
4. Garone, also mentions that the repetitive movement of the horse walking creates “ ‘new motor, sensory and speech pathways in the brain.’ ”
5. Each child is different and needs specific types of treatments in order for them to reach their goals. Hippotherapy can help them reach their goals faster, whether they be developmental, motor or speech goals.
6. A parent of a child benefitting from hippotherapy says that “Hippotherapy is more effective than traditional therapies because horses have a unique ability to motivate children to try new things.”
7. In North Carolina, at Shining Hope Farms, there had been an addition of 50 children to the hippotherapy program in less than 3 month, some children are even on a waiting list because the demand has increased.
8. The author concludes the article with the story of Ashley’s 8 year-old son who suffers from down syndrome and who recently started benefitting from hippotherapy.
Children with special needs therefore benefit from hippotherapy treatments. I am convinced by the conclusion that the author draws, because she used facts, examples and mentioned people with relative certified backgrounds.