Acorn Hill EAAT, Inc.
- NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
We are a team of experienced, licensed and credentialed professionals serving Central MN children PreK-Gr 5 with physical disabilities on horseback using Hippotherapy or ''treatment with the help of the horse.” The warmth and motion of the horse can literally teach the rider’s brain how to walk. Research, stories, info at www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org. Improvements are experienced “live” from what we see and hear during/after therapy sessions. This link to Lakeland Public TV’s recorded session gives a glimpse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0la8ri63pkM as well as our Facebook page @acornhilleaat. Sessions run hourly and take place on a highly trained pony driven from behind. The rider sits on a sheepskin rug (no saddle) with a licensed Physical Therapist and trained side walker on either side. It's the warmth plus rocking motion from the pony that massages leg muscles, while sending input up to the rider’s brain that can literally teach him or her how to walk. Further Hippotherapy benefits include stronger trunk muscles which build upright posture. More air can be taken in allowing production of first speech sounds and words, sometimes at 4 years of age. Self-esteem, independence and pride skyrocket as our riders participate in their sport while completing fun activities using toys and props stationed around the arena. These things are carefully mapped out to meet therapy goals. With help, steps can be taken after dismount and we are told by caregivers that these new skills transfer into everyday life and make each day better for the child and family.
- Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies PATH Inernationall Member
- Use of Hippotherapy or "treatment with the help of the horse"
- Strengthen Core Muscles, Improve balance, coordination, fine motor skills, promotes making speech sounds and first words
- Work With Children Pre-K Through 5th Grade, once new facility built can install lift to serve larger and heavier riders
Currently located at Legacy Stables, 10854 Greenwood St; Brainerd; 56401. Take Old 371 south of town, approx 3 miles; turn left onto Greenwood St, about 1 mile Legacy Stables on left