Occupational Therapy2017-04-26T19:07:32+00:00


A child who comes to Horseplay Therapy Center for occupational therapy works one on one with a therapist to improve fine motor skills and work on activities of daily living.  Activities of daily living include socializing and playing appropriately with other children, dressing, self feeding, and more. Fine motor skills include stacking blocks or puzzle piece, holding a pencil or crayon, and using a spoon, or fork. We also help those with sensory processing issues to participate more actively in their home and school environments.

Occupational Therapists use different positioning on the horse to maximize balance, coordination, weight bearing, and timing.  They combine therapy activities on the horse with fun therapeutic activities off of the horse to achieve the greatest outcomes.


At Horseplay Therapy Center we treat children with a variety of diagnoses including ASD (autism spectrum disorder), Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, developmental delays, genetic disorders, and more.

Some Diagnoses That Benefit:

  • Autism
  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genetic Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Hypotonia


Our mission is to provide equine assisted physical, occupation, and speech therapy services to all children who would benefit, to improve their quality of life and help them to reach their highest  potential.


“After Maliah started doing hippotherapy, she finally started saying her first words and taking her first steps.”

• Maliah’s mom

“Our daughter Kaelynn is 6 years old and has been participating in hippotherapy for a year and a half. We have seen results at home and at school that we were not seeing in the traditional therapy setting. Prior to starting hippotherapy, Kaelynn could walk and run but was uncoordinated, and had no fine motor skills. Over time we noticed that running became more natural for her, her hands became stronger, and she actually wanted to color, string beads, and cut with scissors. These things were super hard for her prior to starting hippotherapy.   She is also better at following directions and concentrating to complete her tasks.  The best part is that Kaelynn doesn’t even realize she is in therapy when she is on the horse. She’s just excited that she get to go horseback riding every Wednesday! I would highly recommend Horseplay Therapy to any parent who has a child with special needs!!”

• Kaelynn’s mom

Individual Results May Vary