HEY IS FOR HORSES
Speech-Language Therapy Using Hippotherapy
We are currently offering a speech-language therapy program called “Hey is for Horses”. Owner, Kerry Nelson is partnering with Licensed Speech-Language Patholigist, McKayla Mortimer, to offer a 10- week speech-language therapy program that utilizes Hippotherapy for 30 minutes of targeted treatment. These are Private Sessions.
WHAT IS HIPPOTHERAPY
Hippotherapy refers to how occupational, physical, and speech-language therapists purposefully use the horse’s movement to promote functional outcomes in therapy.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING HORSES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY?
Horses provide sensory and motor stimulation and feedback to their riders. This rhythmic input supports the systems that impact the main areas that SLPs treat.
Speech Difficulties: Equine movement is used to facilitate the 70+ muscles that are required to produce speech sounds accurately and fluently.
Language Difficulties: Equine movement is used to facilitate the neural activity that is responsible for joint attention, engagement, and the speed of linguistic processing in naturally occurring and motivating opportunities.
Social Communication Difficulties: Incorporating horses and a farm environment provides natural and exciting opportunities for verbal and nonverbal social communication practice.
Other Benefits Include: Improved postural stability, increased adaptive behaviors, improved motor control, improved balance, and increased confidence and self-esteem.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
“Hey is for Horses” targets speech and language goals for children with developmental disabilities between the ages of 2 and 21 years with a maximum weight of approximately 80 - 100 lbs. If your child cannot sit independently and requires assistance, the maximum weight is approximately 45-60 lbs.
HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD?
Hey is for Horses is a new program and has limited space available. An application must be submitted for review of the treatment team. Upon review of the application, the treatment team will determine if they can adequately serve your child and complete the enrollment process. Email HorsesWithKerry@gmail.com to receive an application. The cost for the 10-week program is $500.
HOW DO I VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THIS PROGRAM?
We are looking for people over the age of 16 to assist with side-walking next to the client to ensure their safety. Please contact us Straight on ‘til Morning Farm to discuss your interest, experience, and availability.
Register for our February 29th, 2020 Volunteer Open House and Orientation by clicking here!
If you're interested in getting some time around a horse and seeing a unique offering in our area, please consider attending.
10-10:30 Open House Discussion about what our needs are and to meet McKayla and Kerry.
10:30-12noon Orientation for Volunteers on skills needed to assist with the program.
Must be 16years or older to volunteer.
Please contact Kerry if you're interested in this opportunity and/or planning to attend! Or submit free registration online via this button.