Hippotherapy Volunteers Wanted

Sensational Kids are launching a Hippotherapy Service

Hippotherapy literally means treatment with the help of a horse, from the Greek word ‘hippo’ meaning horse. The American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) has defined hippotherapy as the use of the movement of the horse as a strategy by Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language therapists to address impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. The therapist will use activities on the horse that are meaningful to the individual and will specifically address their functional goals –  the aim is not to teach the child to ride. Hippotherapy can help achieve therapeutic goals such as developing muscle tone, increasing gross and fine motor skills, initiating linguistic patterns, and supporting sensory regulation.  Other effects on body systems can and do occur as well.

We are seeking volunteers to help facilitate this project. For each session we will need two volunteers:

  1. a ‘horse handler’ (leader) who has previous experience working with horses and
  2. a ‘side walker’ who does not need any past experience working with horses, although it is preferable

All volunteers will take part in a two-hour training program prior to being involved in any sessions. Sessions will be lead by our hippotherapy trained Occupational Therapist, Laura Kelly and she will support volunteers throughout.

Volunteers must be over the age of 18 years old and willing to commit to at least two hours once a week on a Tuesday or Wednesday at Jag Equestrian, Rathmore West, Naas, Co Kildare.

It is our plan that we will begin offering this service in November 2018.

Volunteers will be Garda Vetted.

If you are interested in this wonderful volunteer opportunity to work closely with children and horses in a very rewarding way or have any queries, please send an email to Karen@sensationalkids.ie