Father Ray Center for Children with Special Needs

 

For many children who attend the Father Ray Center for Children with Special Needs, Thursday morning is their favourite time of the week, the day they attend their weekly hippotherapy session.

Many children with cerebral palsy have problems coping with the most basic situations, such as sitting upright or being able to balance. Those with autism or other intellectual disabilities sometimes have difficulty coordinating their basic motor skills. But hippotherapy, which uses a horse in therapy, is a great way of strengthening muscles as the movement of the house encourages the children to use their muscles, think about their balance and use their fine motor skills.

Watching a child, who spends most of their time slouching in a chair or lying on a mat, sitting upright and moving in motion with the movement of the horse is a wonderful sight. The smile on their faces show how happy they are.   

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