Hippotherapy is a specialized treatment strategy in which the movement of a horse is used in physical, occupational and speech therapy to enhance the functional skills of patients with disabilities.
D'Youville students in physical and occupational therapy (as well as other majors) can gain hands-on experience as volunteers through the Student Hippotherapy Club or through elective courses in hippotherapy taught by Sarah P. Pictor, PT, DPT, PCS.
Research opportunities for graduate students and faculty include equine movement analysis and treatment efficacies.
Did you Know?
In 2008, D'Youville established the LET'S GO! Hippotherapy Program (Lost Elms Therapy Services: Great Opportunities). During its five years of operation, DYC was home to the nation's only college-endorsed hippotherapy program, supporting faculty involvement, student volunteerism and encouraging faculty and student research.
For information about the DYC Hippotherapy Club, contact Dr. Sarah Pictor at (716) 829-7827 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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"When parents tell me that hippotherapy is the most valuable therapy their child has received, I remember that moment."
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