The purpose of these gifts is to allow these children to have typical childhood experiences. These kids shouldn’t be left out when their siblings and friends are riding around on their bikes. physicaltherapy4kids.com Physical Therapy 4 Kids 10 Roland Drive White Plains New York 10605 914-421-9392 Wendy Kaplan-Lager,PT,C/NDT
Hippotherapy in the country of Turkey used for Physical Therapy.
It’s good to see that other countries are addressing the needs of special needs children. In Turkey they are usingHippotherapy and it’s working!
Hippo is the Greek word for horse. Hippotherapy literally means “treatment with the help of the horse”
Often animals assist with the needs of humans. Mostly we see dogs working with adults and children who have special needs. Why not horses?
It seems like families with special needs children in Turkey are not as understanding as families here in the USA.
“Down syndrome, autism and mental retardation three days a week. By the end of their therapeutic treatments, great improvement is often seen in the children with walking or speaking disorders. In addition to physical progress, the children also have the chance to develop their communicative skills.”
“The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.”
Often we hear how good being in a swimming pool is for injuries. This seems like a natural therapy for children with physical challenges.
“Our new Aquatic Center revolutionizes rehabilitation for children with disabilities,” Ursino said. “No other school — public or private — in New Jersey offers its students access to such a sophisticated engineering marvel as our new hydrotherapy pool. We truly believe that every child can learn and every child should have the best chance to achieve their personal fulfillment.”
Wendy Kaplan-Lager, PT, C/NDT Physical Therapy 4 Kids 10 Roland Drive White Plains, New York 10605 Phone: 914-421-9392