This 2 day course applies sensory integration theory, reviews neuroanatomy, covers horse selection and use of the environment in HPOT & EAT treatment sessions. Evaluation tools used to determine sensory processing and sensory interventions will address the patient’s impairment and functional limitation and how to incorporate HPOT into the sensory patient’s Plan of Care to address the functional outcome. Participants will be provided an opportunity to engage in hands-on EAT activities and HPOT clinical reasoning. Video of children with sensory processing dysfunction and emotional / behavioral problems that are affected by the child’s sensory processing or sensory integration impairment will be discussed. Round table and interactive discussions will be incorporated for participants to gain an understanding of treatment for children with sensory processing dysfunction in the HPOT / EAT environment.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistant’s, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistant’s, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Speech and Language Pathologist Assistants.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe appropriate populations for sensory based HPOT treatment
  • Identify key elements in patient selection
  • Define current sensory terminology
  • Understand how the horses’ movement affects the sensory systems
  • Utilize clinical reasoning for creating HPOT treatment planning for clients with sensory processing dysfunction
  • Utilize techniques to achieve effective treatment with HPOT for the patient with SPD

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