Horseback riding therapy (hippotherapy)

Horseback riding therapy (hippotherapy)

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Therapeutic horseback riding, also known as hippotherapy or equine therapy, is a rehabilitation strategy which combines physical and occupational therapy with the movement of the horse.  When a horse is moving, the rider has to make adjustments and this enhances the development of their muscular and nervous system. Accommodations can be made for children who cannot sit on a horse without support or assistance, and a therapist will be responsible for guiding and controlling the horse during the therapy. Goals of the therapy can be adjusted as a child learns to respond naturally to the movement of the horse.

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CP Smile Project

The CP Smile Project is a community project that helps ensure children with cerebral palsy have access to recreational opportunities that allow them to engage in play and community involvement. We give monthly bursaries to families to help them provide the support needed for their child to engage in play and have fun.