oc·cu·pa·tion·al ther·a·py (OT)Helps people, through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations), do the things they want and need to do. Occupational therapists enable children with disabilities to live life to its fullest through personalized evaluation and interventions designed to reach goals.
By analyzing and addressing the many different skills required, occupational therapy makes everyday tasks like getting dressed, brushing teeth, writing or drawing, self-feeding, and playing appropriately with peers, possible.
How can high-quality occupational therapy help children with special needs?
By working one-on-one with kiddos, both on horseback and in our child-focused clinic, Children’s TherAplay occupational therapists help kiddos develop the skills, such as those listed below, for independence and quality of life.
- Fine motor: holding and using a pencil, crayon, spoon, or fork; picking up puzzle pieces; writing and coloring; snipping with scissors
- Activities of daily living: playing appropriately with other children, self-feeding, dressing and undressing, grooming, toileting
- Sensory processing: helping kiddos participate actively in their home and school environments.
- Underlying performance skills: strength, motor planning, visual teaming, social skills, self-regulation, balance, coordination, range of motion
And you do this on horseback?
Yes, through a treatment called hippotherapy! Approximately half of each one-hour treatment is spent on the horse and half is spent in our child-focused clinic. The movement of the horses provides essential movements that cannot be replicated in a traditional clinic setting.
All Children's TherAplay therapists are licensed by the State of Indiana and receive special training to work within the guidelines and best practices of the American Hippotherapy Association to safely and effectively integrate the movement of horses in a clinical setting