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What we offer ...
Therapeutic Riding: facilitated by PATH, Intl. Certified Instructors. (Ground lessons are also provided for those who may not be cleared to ride, and to enhance the ability to reach personal goals)
TR uses equine assisted activities for the purpose of contributing in a positive nature to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities. Therapeutic riding can provide benefits in the area of therapy, education, sport and recreation and leisure.
A disability does not need to limit a person from riding horses. Experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body very similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Horseback riding can provide recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors and farm life.
Using a skilled PATH Certified Instructor, skilled therapy horses and carefully trained volunteers, therapeutic horsemanship can help make improvements in participants for the following areas: cognitive, emotional, social/behavior. Many PATH centers as Serenity Farm also work with physical disabilities as: cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, TBI, autism, ADD, ADHD, anxiety and depression. Adding to the list is working closely with at-risk youth, veterans, victims of domestic and sexual abuse, children of abuse and foster families. Therapeutic riding gives those with special needs a grand experience of rewarding benefits.
Team Thunder: co-facilitating teams. Equine professional holds certification by either PATH, Intl or EAGALA or OK Corral.
Our mini horse miracles are carefully selected and trained to provide hours of emotional support. Team Thunder is on the road from April through beginning of October to visit over 15 Senior Citizen locations, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Schools and Public relation events as well.
Occupational Therapy at Serenity Farm Not to be confused with employment, “occupations” are activities and tasks that occupy a person! Occupational therapy addresses deficits that prevent a person from participating in the things they want and need to do to live their lives to their fullest potential.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on a holistic perspective when working with people. This includes, but is not limited to addressing; sensory processing deficits, strength, balance, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination, and a variety of other areas that may keep a person from living life to his or her fullest potential. The American Hippotherapy Association identifies hippotherapy as the incorporation of equines, equine movement, and the equine environment into therapeutic intevention. “Hippotherapy” refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech-language professionals integrate the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapeutic mode in order to achieve functional outcomes. Hippotherapy addresses the needs of individuals with neuromotor, cognitive, and sensory deficits (American Hippotherapy Association, 2019).
At Serenity Farm, horses are beautifully integrated into occupational therapy intervention for the purpose of reaching goals, thereby improving occupational performance! Therapeutic plans are constructed from a person-centered approach ensuring that every aspect of a person is considered when developing and implementing an appropriate plan of care. The relationship between horses and people create a harmonious, unique, and science-driven avenue for progress and goal attainment.