Physical and Occupational Therapies with Horsepower

Simply put, there is something remarkable about the tool of hippotherapy. Even children who have had only limited success with physical or occupational therapies in a traditional clinic setting have been known to thrive at Children’s TherAplay where hippotherapy is a key component of each child’s physical and occupational therapy treatment.

In all of this, the goal is to enable children with special needs to live life to its fullest.

Physical Therapy (PT)...

Focuses on gross motor movement. By addressing the gross motor developmental milestones like sitting, standing, crawling, and walking, PT lays a broad foundation for all other skills.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) ...

Focuses on essential daily activities. By analyzing and addressing the many different skills required, OT makes everyday tasks like getting dressed, brushing teeth, writing or drawing, self-feeding, or playing appropriately with peers, possible.

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Hippotherapy ...

Is a therapeutic tool. No, it’s not a standalone treatment. Rather, hippotherapy is a tool that, at Children’s TherAplay, specially-trained therapists incorporate into PT and OT. Approximately half of each one-hour treatment occurs on horseback.

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A few months ago my husband and I watched Maxwell walk into his school on his first day of preschool without his walker. Today he is walking independently almost 100% of the time.
– Maxwell's mother, Jenna

Meet the Kiddos

Success Story: Meet Maxwell

[Children's TherAplay is] the best thing that we could probably do for Catalina right now. … She doesn’t even know she’s going for therapy. For her it’s a play time.
– Catalina’s mother, Beatriz

Meet Catalina

Success Story: Meet Catalina

I was just asked by another mother last night at a gathering, "Does Leo go to Children's TherAplay?"
I said, "Absolutely! Are you considering it? Because you should.”
– Leo’s mother, Laura

Meet Leo

Success Story: Meet Leo

750+
PT and OT treatments/month

160+
Kiddos currently receiving treatment

8
Counties served in Indiana

43
Miles – furthest drive for treatment

Learn more about treatment at Children’s TherAplay

Physical and occupational therapies at Children’s TherAplay are by prescription only and include evaluation and treatment, both in our child-focused clinic and on horseback. Treatment is individualized to meet each child’s needs and takes place, one-on-one, with licensed therapists who are specially-trained to work with the movement of horses in a clinical setting.

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