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The Treatment of Executive Function Skills Using Equine Assisted Therapy and Hippotherapy

January 9, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) and Hippotherapy (HPOT) can be used in the treatment of Executive Function problems.  Therapists who utilize these therapeutic methods know that a therapy horse can facilitate learning, and, with children, it has long been known to help activate language.  HPOT uses the movement of the horse to facilitate language, while EAT uses riding activities to promote goals; both are directed by the treatment principles and goals that apply to the particular profession of the therapist. (Macauley, 2004)  Because the horse can provide stimulation to the whole body, including the nervous system and brain, the client can be helped to integrate and process language in a whole new way.  HPOT and EAT can often encourage progress that cannot be achieved through other strategies or methods. Read the rest of this entry →

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Equine Facilitated Therapy: Three Methods

November 19, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT) is a name given to three related methods: Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, and Animal-Assisted Therapy. EFT can improve attention, memory, cognition, language, and learning.

HIPPOTHERAPY (HT)

“Hippotherapy” comes from the Greek root word for horse, hippo. It is a therapeutic method that uses the movement of the horse to facilitate learning. Traditionally HT has been used for people, particularly children, with physical handicaps; however, it has long been known to help activate language learning. A centering foundation can be established that can improve clients’ neurological function and sensory processing. Read the rest of this entry →

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