Speech Therapy2017-04-26T19:08:31+00:00



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:

  • Autism
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genetic Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Hypotonia
  • Receptive/Expressive Aphasia


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