hOofin’ iT Occupational Therapy Services provides specialized occupational and/or physical therapy for children with diverse needs. By using horses and outdoor activities, students are motivated to reach therapy goals in a fun and natural environment.
In the summer of 2016, the team at hOofin’ iT began providing specialized occupational and/or physical therapy services, intervention strategies and tools in an environment that cannot be provided in a clinical setting. Team training for hOofin’ iT is provided through the American Hippotherapy Association. This specialized training provides children with licensed occupational and physical therapists who are highly trained in the practice of Hippotherapy.
The Bailey & Oliver's Kids Foundation supports hOofin' iT, Occupational Therapy Services.
What is “Hippotherapy”?
Hippotherapy (equine-assisted therapy) is a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. A foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing, which can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities. The movement of the horse is a means to a treatment goal when utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. (“Hippo” is derived from the Greek word ‘hippos’ meaning horse.)
Facebook post from the parent of a student attending hOofin' iT Equine Therapy.
"Today is a bitter sweet day! Bry has been in Hippotherapy for roughly 12 weeks with some of the most amazing people I've ever met!
You always hope that when you drop your child off somewhere that they get as much love and attention as what you would provide. We have found that and so much more with Hoofin it! The Oliver's and their team have so much love and passion for what they are doing to help their participants and families! We couldn't have asked for a better experience!"