PEDIATRIC SPEECH/LANGUAGE THERAPY
A child who comes to Horseplay Therapy Center works one on one with a speech therapist to improve production of speech sounds and words, as well as articulation of those words. We understand that communication is vital to being independent. Together our pediatric speech therapists have over 50 years of experience in teaching children to communicate effectively.
Pediatric Speech/Language Therapists use the repetitive, rhythmical, organized movement of the horse to facilitate organization in the mind and body of the child. This organized thinking helps the child to put their words and thoughts together so as to communicate more effectively. Patient’s are also very motivated for their horses to start moving. It has happened on multiple occasions that a child will say their first word in effort to get their horse to go! Speech therapists combine therapy activities off of the horse with therapy on the horse (hippotherapy) to achieve the greatest outcomes.
At Horseplay Therapy Center we treat children with a variety of diagnoses including ASD (autism spectrum disorder), childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, genetic disorders, traumatic brain injuries, receptive and expressive aphasia, developmental delays,and more.
Some Diagnoses That Benefit:
- Apraxia of Speech
- Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Genetic Disorder
- Developmental Delay
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Receptive/Expressive Aphasia