Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again

Yesterday was another day of hippotherapy, and I think Clayton finally found his stride.  In previous sessions, he didn't hardly utter a word to Christina but on this day he was talking her ear off and singing most of the time.  I was super proud of him when he was able to sit on the horse by himself.  And as you can see, he was quite proud of himself as well! 

Two main advantages to Clayton sitting on a horse:  stretching those legs out and strengthening his trunk muscles.  To help with the latter, Christina rides by these poles and then has him reach out to touch them.  The goal is for him to do this without her help to stabilize him.  I love that he is getting these new interventions on his strength because I don't even think he realizes it's "therapy."

I can't wait to see what's in store for him next!


Stephanie said...

This is so cool.

Stacy said...

awwww I just want to hug that little boy! What an awesome therapy tool for him! He looks like he is having a good time.

Christina VanGinkel said...

What a great way to incorporate therapy with the horses...really need to show these to my sister!

Amy said...

WOW! Excellent work Clayton! Impressive!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! I bet he just loves it!! I love how patient the horse is!!