Horse and Speech Therapy to Aid Boy with Autism


hippotherapyEddie Arlt is diagnosed with several disorders namely ADD, ADHD, and executive function disorder. These disorders affect his behavior, speech, and language function. The young boy is currently undergoing great improvements through hippotherapy (or therapy through horses).

The therapy program is different from “therapeutic” riding as hippotherapy refers to the use of movement of a horse as a treatment strategy for physical, occupational, and even speech-language therapy. Chrissy Daly serves as the child’s therapist and is a speech-language pathologist for the Stillwater Sweet Grass Educational Cooperative. The therapist says that the benefit is the development of skills that will transfer into other environments.

After two years of hippotherapy, Eddie is now able to interact and communicate better.

Source: For Columbus boy, horse therapy, speech therapy combine to ease autism symptoms