Welcome to a A New Dawn Hippotherapy Program
We are proud to welcome you to this program which was developed to promote therapeutic horseback riding and Hippotherapy programs for children and adults with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities.
Therapy Through Riding
Our team of occupational and physical therapists and therapeutic riding instructors use horses as the primary tool to provide this effective, unique therapy to students two years of age and older.
A New Dawn is located on our farm in Mohrsville, Pennsylvania. We offer an indoor and outdoor riding arena, a wheelchair ramp, and an electric lift to assist our riders in mounting their horses. This allows us to provide year-round sessions to our clients. A New Dawn was created in memory of Ben Parto, the most excellent horseman we have ever known. Ben had multiple sclerosis and was confined to a wheelchair. Ben’s dream for the farm we now reside at was to promote independence through horses one day by offering a Hippotherapy program. Ben passed away in 2016, and we carry the torch of his dream with honor. Ben is also featured on our flyer as a reflection of how horses gave him the independence again he once had.
What is Hippotherapy?
The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in manipulating equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.
Best practice dictates that occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals integrate hippotherapy into the patient’s care plan and other therapy tools and/or strategies.”
Lisa J Bogacki, PT, MPH, ESMT, CCMT
Lisa provides equine-assisted physical therapy sessions, incorporating hippotherapy techniques. Extensive experience with pediatric, adolescent, and adult clientele, working with a wide range of diagnoses, including autism, cerebral palsy, arthritis, joint replacement, multiple sclerosis, head injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and behavioral and psychiatric disorders.
Benefits of Hippotherapy
The list below includes, but is not limited to, the benefits of hippotherapy.
Physical benefits could include improvements in:
- Control of extremities
- Eye-hand coordination
- Fine motor skills such as writing, tying shoelaces, and snipping with scissors
- Gross motor skills such as sitting, standing, and walking
Cognitive benefits could include advancements in:
- Expressing thoughts and needs
Sensory benefits could include positive effects on:
- Body awareness
- Limbic system function related to arousal, motivation, and attention
- Social interaction
- Pressure grading
- Head and trunk control
- Postural symmetry
- Motor planning
- Muscle tone and strength
- Range of motion
- Respiratory control
- Timing and grading of responses
- Understanding of visual cues
- Visual coordination
- Sensorimotor function
- Sensory integration
- Tactile response
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