We offer speech and occupational therapy using horses to strengthen core, balance, focus and speech improvement for nonverbal children and adults.
"David and I are so very grateful to Alexis, Lisa and to Quantum Leap Farm for these past few months of therapy for Olivia. We have observed so much progress, not only in her physical abilities, but also her speech and language development.− Ruth, Mother of a Participant, 2015
"To see Tammy's excited face when she rides brings me so much joy. I had searched for a long time for a program she could participate in with no success until now. Thank you for your patience and understanding of her special needs. "− Sherry, Sister of Participant
Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational or speech therapy in which a licensed therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded sensory input. For clients recovering from injury or who have physical disability, Hippotherapy is an excellent exercise for improving functional mobility. Facilitated by our licensed Occupational Therapist, Alexis Lopez, and our licensed Physical Therapist Lisa Michelangelo, sessions are conducted mounted or on the ground. Patient and therapist develop goals and treatment plans for functional improvements using the horse as a therapeutic tool and exploiting the horses’ movement to benefit the rider. Goals do not involve horsemanship and are strictly focused on physical improvements in balance, proprioception, range of motion, postural control, muscular strength and endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Participants are referred through their physicians and therapists.
“What I see borders on the miraculous because of the way a horse reaches to the heart of somebody, like no therapy ball every could.”
– Miriam Burk
Alexis and Hannah are both licensed therapists and certified in Hippotherapy as members of the American Hippotherapy Association. Alexis and Hannah bring lively personalities, professionalism and tons of fun to their work, helping participants reach their therapeutic goals.