This one-day course is designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of speech and language systems, breakdowns in communication, and effective strategies for improved communication with a special needs population, facilitated by equine movement. Participants gain practical, immediately applicable skills through hands-on exercises designed to facilitate better understanding of communication and how equine movement impacts neurophysiological systems that support speech and language function.  Live or video treatment sessions facilitate the critical thinking skills necessary to develop strategies for working with people who have communication disorders, focusing on implications in the hippotherapy setting.

The curriculum may be utilized only under conditions set forth by AHA, Inc.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, other medical professionals, adaptive riding instructors, horse handlers, parents and volunteers.  Speech pathologists wishing to better understand how equine movement can be incorporated as a treatment strategy will benefit as well.

Course Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Demonstrate an increased awareness and understanding of the components of normal communication
  • Gain a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of speech and language systems
  • Identify basic communication disorders and breakdowns
  • Understand and recognize the impact of equine movement on speech and language
  • Learn effective strategies for facilitating effective communication

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