Children’s TherAplay is one of the few clinics in the country dedicated to providing physical and occupational therapies on horseback.
Our therapists combine a sensory-rich, child-centered clinic with hippotherapy – the movement of horses – to provide carefully graded motor, sensory, and neurological input.
Here are five of our very favorite reasons.
Children’s TherAplay came from the most unlikely of beginnings. In 2000, an Indianapolis-area occupational therapist contacted Craig Dobbs, owner of Lucky Farms, about borrowing some of the Lucky horses to help special needs children utilizing an innovative form of treatment called hippotherapy.
Blessed with four children of his own, Craig was happy share some of Lucky Farms' resources to help children in need, especially when he began to see for himself what the therapist had told him to begin with: Hippotherapy works.
In 2001, Children's TherAplay became a not-for-profit organization, still on the grounds of Lucky Farms. In the ensuing years, Children's TherAplay’s founder Craig and other caring individuals helped expand not only the facility, building the therapy clinic and administrative offices we still use to this day, but also the program.
Today we are proud to offer pediatric physical and occupational therapy, both using the tool of hippotherapy, to nearly 150 children each week.
Each day we are honored to contribute to and celebrate the first steps, first words, first jumps, and other remarkable gains of special needs children throughout central Indiana.
“Children’s TherAplay has been a part of our journey for over three years! Jackson was unable to sit independently when we started, and within a month he was sitting!
"His mobility exploded over the next year and he is now propelling and navigating his own wheelchair and walking independently with a walker!
"Children’s TherAplay has given Jackson the confidence and independence to enjoy life!”
– Jackson's mother, Emily