||As the Past President of the American
Hippotherapy Association, Meredith S. Bazaar, CCC-SLP,
HPCS, is a national leader in using horses as therapy tools. Meredith, an
accomplished competitive equestrian, has been conducting speech and
language evaluation and treatment for ten years at scenic Starlight Farms with
the treatment strategy of hippotherapy. She has also been a driving force
in the movement to scientifically document the impact of equine assisted
therapy on people with disabilities.
|Hippotherapy uses a horse to
accomplish traditional speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing goals
through fun and functional activities. Carefully
modulated, well cadenced equine movement offers a highly effective means
of addressing speech and language deficits through facilitation of the
physiological systems that support speech and language function.
Utilizing hippotherapy, appropriate sensory integration strategies
have been integrated into the treatment to facilitate successful
communication. Sensory integration via hippotherapy simultaneously addresses
the vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual, olfactory, and auditory
learn more about hippotherapy, please visit the
website, which has a wonderful description of how, why
and for whom hippotherapy works.