In 2017 we recorded many of our conference presentations in order to have them available after the conference. They are available for purchase here.
Breath and Function Meet the Horse: Susie Rehr, PT, HPCS
This session will begin with an overview of the fundamental characteristics of breathing and hippotherapy and how they are a natural link. we will analyze the breathing process from rib cage development to breathing patterns and relate how hippotherapy can influence this process, including timing, pressure and three-dimensional movement. participants will be able to return to their clinics and assess their client’s respiratory needs, patterns and limitations and create a treatment plan utilizing hippotherapy to address these clinical findings.
How Do I Say It?: Meredith S. Bazaar, CCC-SLP, HPCS
This presentation will be an interactive session demonstrating a hierarchy of the levels of expressive and receptive language production to better facilitate success in your session in the equine environment. It will cover topics including: how to produce a variety of commands, phrases, sentences, and stories at various skill levels; how to produce a variety of questions at various skills levels; how to incorporate and remove communication cues, prompts and supports; and how to observe subtle cues and changes from the team that can contribute to communication. During the AHA, Inc. Communication Connection many participants ask “how” or “show me.” This presentation will be a time to practice “how” and/or modify the way we say things to a variety of clients and staff. Attendees will be able to implement the new techniques they learn in their treatment sessions to increase their patients’ communication success.
How to Blend Hippotherapy into your Therapy Business: Dr. Cassandra Sanders-Holly
Dr. Sanders-Holly will discuss practice structure from the ground then share how she utilized sound business management to grow her thriving practice. This session will include marketing/branding your specialty practice, consumer education, development of a comprehensive plan of care, budget considerations, liability, billing strategies, quality control and best practices within the scope of running a successful Therapy Business.
Oh, the Places We Can Go!: Karen Gardner, MOT, OTR, HPCS
With a nod to Dr. Seuss, this presentation will begin with an overview of the current definition and practice of PT, OT, and ST incorporating hippotherapy, then compare and contrast the scope of practice for various related health care services and specialties such as neurology, psychotherapy, childhood development, orthopedics, counseling, etc. There may be some therapy services whose scope of practice overlaps physical, occupational and speech therapy. How might we incorporate other services to expand the benefits to our clients? It might be as consultants, professional referrals, or co-treating. We really do not know how these other pieces might fit into an expanded vision of hippotherapy. Now is the time to broaden our view toward the future. We know that hippotherapy benefits people and we can demonstrate that effectiveness. So, what’s next? Where can we go?
Therapist Heal Thyself: Lisa Harris, MSVSc, PT, MS, HPCS
Therapists, in general, have a physically demanding job. Further, when utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy, additional challenges arise. Job tasks within OT, PT, or ST specializing in hippotherapy require dynamic functional strength, flexibility, endurance, and
balance. Challenges include walking on uneven terrain while supporting, twisting, transitioning, observing, adjusting, negotiating, resolving, and focusing on the client and the whole team.
The Vestibular System: Impact on the Visual System, and Considerations when Incorporating Hippotherapy: Carol Huegel, PT, HPCS
This presentation will begin with a review of vestibular anatomy and function, and how it is integrally connected to the visual system. Symptoms of vestibular hyper/hypo sensitivity will be discussed. A practicum will be included for performance of vestibular tests. The purpose is to enhance clinical reasoning for patients with vestibular dysfunction when integrating Hippotherapy in a treatment plan.
Purchase all 6 videos and receive a conference compendium valued at $50.00 for free.