In hippotherapy, the therapist uses the horse as part of an overall treatment plan to achieve specific functional goals, such as improving postural control, balance, sensory integration, and/or walking. The therapist works closely with the family to carry over gains made in therapy into daily routines. The focus is on improving function. The therapist has extensive training in understanding disabilities, and how to improve function as it relates to the disability. The therapist focuses on empowering the family to take part in guiding, leading and transforming disabilities into functional skills.
Surf therapy for children with epilepsy combines one-on-one treatment with a Physical or Occupational therapist using surfing and natural elements of the ocean as primary treatment tools. Children receive sensory feed back which helps with their ability to build core strength, balance and body awareness. Surfing presents many opportunities to build fine and gross motor including putting on life jackets and equipment.