The Shea Center offers classes focusing on abroad range of disabilities. These classes fall under the general term “therapeutic riding” and are a sophisticated program developedto address a special need. Horsemanship classes help clients acquire and refine riding skills. Clients improve judgment skills, social interaction, coordination, motor planning, self-confidence, self-esteem,and a sense of independence. Physical rehabilitation classes (hippotherapy) are aimed at riders with impairments affecting muscles, bones and the nervous system. Activities on the horse and positioning on the horse provide strength, balance, and coordination.
Clinical physical therapy is also provided. Cognitive classes address the many processes of the mind, including planning, judgment, memory, orientation, concepts, attention, and language. Sensory Processing classes provide activities on the horse to improve the client’s ability to take in, analyze and respond to information from the body’s five senses.
Occupational Therapy classes retrain the body and brain to function more easily and efficiently with the tasks of everyday life.
Speech-Language Therapy classes focus on articulation delays, phonological impairments, speech fluency, tongue thrust, language impairments, and social skills/pragmatic language.
Download the flyer for additional information.