This course is designed for licensed PT’’s, OTs, SLPs, PTAs, OTAs, and SLPA’s and it is strongly recommended that therapists complete 30 hours incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy prior to taking Level II to most effectively benefit from the treatment sessions conducted during the course. Therapists must attend all four days of the course to receive a certificate of attendance.
Pre-requisites: AHA, Inc Level I. Please send copy of certificate with registration
This course is designed for licensed PT’’s, OTs, SLPs, PTAs, OTAs, and SLPAs who have completed the AHA, Inc. Level I course and can:
- Explain how the equine movement affects human systems
- Explain the principles of hippotherapy as a standard therapy tool/strategy
- Recognize possible patient responses to manipulated equine movement
- Describe the selection and use of equipment used for the horse and patient
- Be proficient in doing their patient evaluation under their scope of practice and licensure
- Be able to plan and support their clinical judgment about patient and horse selection and treatment planning specifically incorporating hippotherapy as a therapy tool/strategy
- Understand the importance of horse suitability and movement attributes to the effectiveness of hippotherapy as a therapy tool/strategy
- Explain the use of school figures and movement progressions in treatment to maximize the effects of equine movement as a therapy tool/strategy
- Implement appropriate safety procedures when implementing hippotherapy
- Provide effective leadership of the hippotherapy team
- Describe the unique contributions and potential benefit of manipulated equine movement as a treatment tool/strategy
Part I of this four-day workshop gives therapists equine knowledge and training principles needed to effectively incorporate hippotherapy as s treatment tool/strategy within occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language therapy.
Part I Course Objectives Include:
- Recognize the importance of a common horsemanship knowledge base for the therapist, horse professional and all members of the hippotherapy team.
- Identify preferred conformation and understand the relationship between conformation, movement quality and soundness for the hippotherapy horse.
- Demonstrate the ability to access a horse for soundness, regularity and evenness of gait, straightness and flexibility.
- Demonstrate the ability to access horse behaviors including those resulting from stress and/or discomfort.
- Identify and convey to the horse handler the necessary skills required to produce quality movement when leading, lunging or long lining the hippotherapy horse.
- Understand training techniques for a hippotherapy horse including groundwork, desensitization, and conditioning.
- Understand the principles of good nutrition, veterinary and worming protocols for horses in a hippotherapy program.
- Understand the importance of and be able to identify handling and riding skills that are necessary to maintain and/or improve the hippotherapy horse.
- Create and understand the importance of having a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly schedule for the hippotherapy horse.
- Understand the need to educate and train staff who will be working with the hippotherapy horse, with respect to being involved with the daily care and training routines, the handling techniques and training protocols to maintain a safe, effective and successful hippotherapy program.
- Identify lameness and illness in the hippotherapy horse and explain appropriate prevention through veterinary, farrier and nutritional and training protocols.
Part II of this four-day workshop presents clinical content/practicums to provide and facilitate a problem-solving treatment approach, using actual patients currently involved in physical, occupational or speech-language therapy that incorporates hippotherapy as a treatment tool/strategy. The Hippotherapy Conceptual Framework will be presented which is based on current theoretical bases underlying physical, occupational and speech-language therapy. Therapists will treat actual patients for two therapy sessions in a trans-disciplinary team format with video tape review and group discussions to further advance the learning experience.
Part II Course Objectives Include:
- Develop a treatment plan incorporating hippotherapy as a tool/strategy based on the ICF Model.
- Select objective therapy outcome measures for pre and post testing.
- Select appropriate horse and equipment for a specific patient.
- Practice modifications of equine movement as a primary method of enhancing patient treatment outcomes.
- Understand the relationship between treatment and functional outcomes.
- Identify appropriate functional outcome measures for patients where hippotherapy has been incorporated into the therapy plan of care.
- Review best practice guidelines for documentation, HIPAA compliance, and written and verbal communication among therapy team members, other medical professionals and third-party payers.
- Engage in group problem-solving using video review and discussion as a model for collaborative treatment practices.
- Be introduced to the following concepts as a foundation for advanced clinical problem solving:
- Clinical Reasoning
- Hippotherapy Conceptual Framework
- Recognize and discuss indications for patient positioning and equipment.
- Recognize the importance of setting discharge criteria and establishing discharge planning, including potential for transitioning to community-based programs.
The curriculum may be used only under conditions set by AHA, Inc.
Faculty to Contact:
- Joann Benjamin, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Meredith Bazaar, MS, CCC, SLP, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ruth Dismuke-Blakely, MS, CCC, SLP, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Mary Helene Chaplin, PT, HPCS email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bonnie Cunningham, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Karen Gardner , MOT, OTR, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lori Garone, MS, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Lisa Harris, PT, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carol Huegel, PT, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Pippa Hodge, BSR, SCSP, MCPA, HPCS ( Canada ) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leslie Lautenschlager, OTR/L, HPCS email: email@example.com
- Gina Taylor, MS, OT, HPCS email: firstname.lastname@example.org