That is what HOPE, HOrse Helping PEople, does for so many.
Our son, Cooper, suffers from brain damage caused by a brain cyst and hydrocephalus that applied an abnormal amount of pressure to Cooper’s brain. Though surgery relieved this pressure, permanent damage to Cooper’s brain anatomy remains. Cooper struggles significantly with motor skills. To name a few of his challenges, he has difficulty licking his lips, properly articulating words in an understandable form, dressing himself, brushing his teeth, sitting upright and strong, throwing and kicking a ball, and writing letters.
With his physical challenges and limited time due to his busy schedule full of recovery therapies, sports did not seem like an option for Cooper. Yet, our introduction to HOPE’s hippotherapy program, an occupational therapy program on a horse, proved us wrong. It allowed Cooper to fulfill his weekly need for occupational therapy while making him feel like he was participating in a sport.
Unlike a typical clinical setting, Cooper gets the weekly engagement and therapeutic benefits of an animal and has to constantly work his core because of his positioning on the horse while working on other occupational skills. Additionally, he gets encouraged and doted on by not only the certified and may I say “FABULOUS and LOVING”, occupational therapist but by several other volunteers helping with the hippotherapy riding session.
For a disabled child that often feels like he is left out of many activities, he feels like the star of the show and exuberates with happiness during each of his sessions.
The hippotherapy program at HOPE has been life changing for Cooper. It is phenomenal that Cooper has made such significant growth globally in his motor skills and in all of his development throughout his time with the program.
As a parent who has taken her son to many occupational therapists, I can say “Hands Down” that this is the one of the best occupational therapy programs in the region. It’s affordable, therapeutic in many diverse ways, and is supported by people who ALL have their hearts in the right place.
Today, we have “HOPE” in the recovery of our son!
Thank you HOrses Helping PEople.