This two-day course applies sensory integration theory, reviews neuroanatomy, and covers horse selection and use of the environment to address sensory processing challenges.
Through interactive discussions, attendees will gain an understanding of treatment for children with sensory processing challenges using equine movement and in the equine assisted therapy environment. Video of children with sensory processing challenges and behavioral expectations that are affected by the child’s sensory processing difficulties will be discussed. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and clinical reasoning as part of the course to ensure learning is carried over to the therapists' home practice.
• Describe how the horses’ movement affects the sensory systems
• Describe appropriate populations for sensory based applications of equine movement
• Utilize clinical reasoning for developing treatment plans for patients with sensory processing disorders/sensory challenges including the use of the horse and environment
• Utilize strategies and techniques to achieve effective treatment using equine movement for the patient with SPD
• Describe current terminology and sensory based theory and treatment strategies
Intended Audience: This course is intended for Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants and Speech Language Pathology Professionals who are incorporating hippotherapy/equine movement into their practice.