A 2 day course for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapy Assistants, SLPA’s and Occupational Therapy Assistants who currently treat or are planning to treat neurologic patients.

With extensive use of patient videos, group discussion and problem solving, course participants will explore the theoretical and scientific rational and benefits for using hippotherapy, alone and in combination with other treatment strategies for specific neurologic impairments such as: spasticity, impaired motor control and sensory deficits.

In addition, participants will discuss ways to incorporate principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning into their hippotherapy session.

Topics to be covered:

  • Review of major relevant areas of Central Nervous System
  • Common impairments related to motor behavior
  • Theoretical and scientific rationale for treatment of neurological patients
  • Related systems – treating the whole patient
  • Therapist treatment approaches  – combining clinic and hippotherapy
  • Applying principles of motor learning and neuroplasticity in hippotherapy
  • Patient problem solving using videos of neurologic patients

Participants are invited to submit a video of a patient with neurologic impairments. This video may be selected to be viewed during the course as a teaching tool to discuss treatment options and hippotherapy.  Videos would need to be submitted to one of  the faculty 3 weeks prior to the course. Contact one of the faculty to receive guidelines for video submission.

This course is scheduled to run 8:30 to 4:30 on Day 1 and 9:00 – 1:00 on Day 2.  Detailed course outline will be available on Day 1 of the course.

Faculty to Contact: