Therapy at Mane Stream is a wonderful motivator; our licensed therapists utilize both clinical therapy techniques and the horse to improve life skills.
interactive THERAPY CLINIC
This creative therapy clinic has been designed with gross motor activities, sensory integration equipment and includes a fine motor/speech room. Mane Stream offers 30, 45, and 60 minute therapy sessions depending on the needs of the clients with the typical appointment time being 45 minutes incorporating both the clinic and interactions with the horses.
Physical therapy is for individuals who wish to increase their balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, and improve their gross motor and mobility skills.
Physical therapists use the walking patterns of the horse to challenge and strengthen core muscles through the trunk and back. Through repetitive and graded rhythmical movement, the client is given the opportunity to experience more normal movement patterns with subsequent gains in posture, balance, endurance and, ultimately, gait.
The ability to incorporate these benefits on the horse with an on-site clinic provide an effective way to reach physical therapy goals.
Occupational therapy is designed for individuals who wish to improve motor control, coordination, balance, attention, sensory processing and performance in daily tasks.
Since the focus of occupational therapy is the use of activity; the horse provides an optimal platform for healing. Children are drawn to interact with the horse.
In combination with our sensory integration equipment in the clinic, occupational therapist are able to provide an exceptional therapy experience with carry-over programs for home and school.
Speech-Language Therapy is for individuals who wish to improve speech and language communication through augmentative communication, sign language and verbal modalities.
When combined with standard speech-language intervention strategies, equine movement addresses speech and language deficits through the use of the physiological systems that support speech and language. Equine movement can be utilized in speech/language therapy to help improve receptive and expressive language skills, oral motor planning abilities, articulation and phonology, and pragmatic language skills.
The farm is a language rich environment with endless opportunities for receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language practice, as well as articulation and phonology practice. When combined with other standard speech-language intervention strategies, the speech-language pathologist is able to generate effective remediation of communication disorders and promote functional communication outcomes.
For more information contact:
Melanie Dominko-Richards, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS, Coordinator of Therapy Services