Our therapy services are open to children ages 2 to 18 years of age and consist of both physical and occupational therapy. By using Hippotherapy as the treatment strategy, the licensed Physical or Occupational Therapist works on individualized therapy goals. The horse’s movement is the delivery mechanism for the therapy.
These goals are designed to address deficits in motor function, balance, muscle tone, proprioception, coordination and communication. The horse provides a repetitive movement in three dimensions, which facilitates improvement in all of these areas. The ability to adjust the rider’s position in relation to this movement, as well as to adjust the horse’s gait to improve receptor input, is not possible to create in a typical clinical setting. The relationship that occurs between the rider and the horse then provides a motivation and enthusiasm that further enhances the therapy experience. Riding skills are not taught in Hippotherapy, rather the emphasis is on physical/occupational goals designed to increase daily living and life skills.
Our therapists are all licensed professionals and have completed education through the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA).
The first step to participating in therapy that uses Hippotherapy as the treatment strategy is to determine your child’s eligibility. Patients that are seeking Hippotherapy will need to complete and return the following Initial Intake Forms .
- Xenophon Initial Intake Form
Please send the forms to: Xenophon Program Director, P.O. Box 16, Orinda, CA 94563
Once Xenophon receives the completed application packet, the patient’s name will be entered onto our wait list.
Initial Pediatric Therapy Service Evaluation Fee = $150.00
30 minute Pediatric Therapy Session Fee = $125.00