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Hippotherapy: An Unconventional Practice Setting

Inside the Episode

Natalie and Jess interview Jennie Digrado, who uses hippotherapy as a means of providing occupational therapy services. She helps us explore solutions to the challenges of goal setting, documentation, and treatment planning in an unconventional practice setting. Jennie is an instructor at the University of Saint Augustine in Southern California and bring special expertise in treatment planning and documentation. She has experience in a variety of practice settings, but has a special passion for horses, which she has been able to incorporate into her occupational therapy practice. In this episode, Jennie helps clarify ways to demonstrate functional improvement and development of skills that carry over to every day activities when using a very specific therapy modality. She also helps us explore ways that hippotherapy can be utilized in a variety of populations seen by occupational therapists.


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Sunwoo, H., Chang, W. H., Kwon, J., Kim, T., Lee, J., & Kim, Y. (2012). Hippotherapy in adult patients with chronic brain disorders: A pilot study. Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine, 36(6): 756-761.