According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), the term Hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, Hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.
Hippotherapy is $75 per session.
We offer Hippotherapy with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified Occupational Therapist, Ilana Casady, MSOTR/L. Her experience working with children with special needs combined with her horsemanship skills ensures our riders a safe and quality therapy session.
Ilana Casady is Helping Hooves’ Occupational Therapist.
She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, and has completed the Equine I and Equine II programs in Hippotherapy through the American Hippotherapy Association. Ilana has worked in the field of therapeutic riding and Hippotherapy since 2002 with clients of all ages. Her equestrian training started as a child competing in the Hunter/Jumper show circuit.
In addition to Hippotherapy, Ilana worked as an OT in Early Intervention for 8 years. Ilana was featured in Jeff Corwin’s Pets and People special on the Discovery Channel and has coached at the Special Olympics multiple years. In addition to working at Helping Hooves, she continues to mentor and educate others in the field of Hippotherapy. When she is not playing with horses, Ilana is busy enjoying her 3 young daughters and 2 step-daughters.
PATH Certified Instructor
Massachusetts Licensed Instructor
A horse’s movement provides therapeutic motor patterns and unique sensory input in a multi sensory environment.