Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapy on horseback
NCTRC offers occupational, physical, and speech therapy services using hippotherapy to children two years or older with physical, sensory, and/or speech and language needs. Hippotherapy is a medical treatment strategy in which a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech-Language Pathologist incorporates the three dimensional movement of the horse or pony's back to help clients develop postural control, core strength, coordination, balance, respiration, stimulation of the cortical pathways, and sensory modulation. Activities in the arena, barn, and play areas are often part of these sessions to include more traditional therapy activities such as gait training and daily living skills.
Our therapists are licensed in the state of North Carolina and have had additional training through the American Hippotherapy Association, of which we are a member organization.
Therapy services are offered year round, following NCTRC’s spring, summer and fall session schedules. Therapy fees vary depending on the length of each visit and may be billable to insurance. Cost to families will vary depending on your healthcare plan, co-pays, and deductibles.
Our therapy services include an initial evaluation for all of our participants. The cost of this evaluation is $55 and may be covered at least in part by your insurance or financial assistance. NCTRC is a Medicaid provider and directly bills Medicaid for therapy visits. Private insurance companies may be billed as well. Please contact us for specifics of the cost for your family's situation, or complete a new client application to get started.