Our Children’s Academy offers many therapy services and experiences to students in Physical, Occupational, and Speech-Language.
Below are a couple of examples:
- Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes
- Children relate to the movement of the animal which over time improves posture, balance and strength
- Children also respond to the horse which aids in dealing with mental and emotional issues
- Our Children’s Academy has a unique opportunity to be able to make use of the local YMCA pool to add to our list of mediums to do therapy. It is always eye opening for us to see the children in different settings and the water is typically a very enjoyable one for the children so we see things come out of them that we otherwise might not see.There are three components of pool therapy to consider, #1 is safety, #2 is FUN and as a result we can get #3 therapeutic interventions from the experience. During the entire activity from changing into their suits, working on activities of daily living, waiting to go onto the school bus, getting on the bus and then while we are actually in the pool we are working on increasing their independence, building strength, problem solving, building relationships and bring out language/communication skills all while having fun!We are grateful for the relationship we have with the YMCA and working with their Aquatics Director. The life guards have been very patient with our children and helping us keep them safe during their experience. How great it is to be neighbors with such an incredible organization who does their best in providing safe venues for families in our community.