Welcome to R.E.I.N.B.O.W. THERAPY

 



R.E.I.N.B.O.W. Therapy , LLC provides occupational and physical therapy using hippotherapy as a treatment strategy in Massachusetts to children with special needs.  

R.E.I.N.B.O.W stands for:

                                                      Rhythmical

                                                      Equines

                                                      Improve

                                                        Neuromusculoskeletal

                                                        Balance and

                                                        Overall

                                                        Well-being

R.E.I.N.B.O.W. Therapy is located at Windrush Therapeutic Equitation Farm in Boxford, Ma. (www.windrushfarm.org).


WHAT IS HIPPOTHERAPY?

    The word “hippos” is the Greek word for horse and the treatment with the assistance of a horse is called HIPPOTHERAPY.   The definition from the American Hippotherapy Association is “the term  hippotherapy refers to how physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning to purposefully manipulate the movement of an equine to engage the sensorimotor system and create functional change in their clients.  Used with other neuromotor and sensorimotor techniques, hippotherapy is part of a therapist’s integrated plan of care. “


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

    Hippotherapy is used to treat children as young as 2 years old to adults with varying disabilities such as Developmental Delays, Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, Autism Spectrum Disorder,  Rhett Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Learning or Language Disabilities, Genetic Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Attention Deficit Disorders, Neurological Diseases, Cerebral Vascular Accident (stroke), Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthristis, emotional disturbances, and visual and hearing impairments.


THERAPY GOAL  AREAS THAT CAN BE ADDRESSED?

                    *balance responses

                    *postural control

                    *normalizing muscle tone

                    *coordination

                    *flexibility

                    *cognitive skills

                    *visual-perceptual skills

                    *sensory processing skills

                    *gross and fine motor skills

                    *self-confidence, emotional strength, emotional bonding

                    *limbic system function-arousal, focus, and motivation

                    *communication


WHO PROVIDES HIPPOTHERAPY?

    To become qualified to provide hippotherapy, all therapists should be a nationally board certified AHCB Certified Therapist or AHCB Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist.  A treatment session typically includes the client, a qualified therapist, a horse leader/PATH International instructor (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship), volunteer(s,) and a specially trained therapy equine.


                                                         

                                               ReinbowTherapy@Yahoo.com    

                                                            (339) 206-0110