Easterseals Happiness House is proud to partner with InStride Therapy and through this partnership, we are providing a seamless transition for clients who receive therapy from both our organizations. InStride and Easterseals Happiness House utilize Instride’s beautiful sixty-two-acre therapy facility in Nokomis, FL to deliver Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Speech Therapy. Additionally, InStride also offers Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Learning Programs including programs for veterans.
Understanding therapy treatment with the help of a horse
This has been regarded as a therapy tool/strategy that can be utilized by occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language therapy professionals while working within their scope of practice by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). It is important for families and healthcare professionals alike to recognize that hippotherapy is provided within standard occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or speech-language therapy services. Hippotherapy is not a separate service or a program. Licensed therapy professionals in PT, OT and SLP incorporate equine movement into their plans of care for their patients as a ”therapy tool”.
Incorporating horses into occupational therapy, physical therapy or speech-language pathology session can serve as a powerful tool for the facilitation of the key neuromotor systems that support function. Skillfully applied equine movement, under the direction of a therapist, can offer the patient the opportunity for complex motor learning. This combined with other standard therapy tools/strategies in an intervention plan designed to address the treatment needs of the client.
We are pleased to invite you to InStride’s signature event on November 9, 2019; Black Tie & Blue Jeans – an Equestrian Gala. We hope that you will join us and support this event by your sponsorship and attendance as we continue to grow services for InStride. Learn More
To learn more about InStride Therapy and its programs please visit InStridetherapy.org.