Step 2: Initiate a referral

Complete the appropriate forms 

Complete and return the one-page New Patient Information Form (depending your browser, the form may download or open in a new tab), then return it to our clinic lead.

Please note: There is often a waiting list for both physical and occupational therapies. You may want to send in the form several months before your child is ready to begin treatment.


After you complete and return the New Patient Information form, you will receive an email from our team confirming that your form has been received and that your child has been placed on the waiting list for treatment. 

A few things to keep in mind 

Completing the New Patient Information Form completely and correctly will help speed the process along. Here are a few suggestions. 

“Preferred times for therapy appointments”

Therapy takes place in the mornings (between 8 a.m. and noon) and afternoons (between 2 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1-5 p.m. on Fridays).On the form, be sure to note all the options that might work for your child’s therapy appointment. The more flexible you can be with scheduling your child's appointment, the more quickly we can get your child off the waiting list and into treatment. 

“Family goals for patient”

Equine-assisted therapies at Children’s TherAplay focus on functional goals. If your family goals are along these lines, you’re in the right place for treatment!

  • Independent ambulation
  • Improved core strength
  • Independent dressing skills
  • School readiness skills

If your goals for your child are more along the lines of the items below, you may have hippotherapy – the medical treatment strategy for which we are known – confused with therapeutic/adaptive riding, which is a sport/activity that we do not offer.

  • Improved behavior 
  • Learn horseback riding
  • Participate in an activity that is adapted for his medical needs
  • Develop confidence

Not sure which is most appropriate for your child at this time? Have a look at the in-depth comparison between hippotherapy and therapeutic/adaptive riding.

Ready for the next step?

It’s Step 3: Evaluation Preparation

Quick links: For parents | Treatment at Children’s TherAplay | Getting Started | Step 1Step 3

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“When I think about Joan from when he first started [receiving physical and occupational
 therapies at Children’s TherAplay] to where he is today it reinforces the power and the magic of hippotherapy, that he was receiving OT and PT services elsewhere and that when he came here he made such gains so quickly. It’s incredible.”

—Occupational therapist Leah

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