We provide specialized pediatric therapy services by skilled,
compassionate clinicians who strive to reach the highest possible
level of independence for each child and Provide their family with
knowledge of local community supports to make their goals a reality.
Hippos & Fish is a community-based pediatric therapy center that offers specialized therapy services
within a variety of settings to best suit the child's and families needs. With over 20 years of experience we
provide treatments within private school settings, outpatient therapy clinic, private home consultations,
community recreational centers for aquatic therapy and hippotherapy treatments. We also utilize the local
community shopping centers and grocery marts to develop functional independence for life skill goals.
We service individuals who have developmental, mental and/or physical challenges that impair their daily
life activities and relationships. Some of the diagnosis that may lead to these impairments can include:
Learning Delays with reading and writing, Developmental Delays, Dyslexia, Lack of Coordination,
Sensory Processing Concerns, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD/ADD, Visual
Perception Delays, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Rett Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Bi-Polar, Feeding
and Oral Motor Delays, Oppositional Defiance and Failure to Thrive.
Canine Assisted Therapy
A physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy
treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as
part of an integrated intervention program to achieve
functional outcomes. Equine movement provides
multidimensional movement, which is variable,
rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic
base of support, making it an excellent tool for
increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building
overall postural strength and endurance, addressing
weight bearing, and motor planning. Equine movement
offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular,
proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels. During gait
transitions, the individual must perform subtle
adjustments in the trunk to maintain a stable position.
When an individual is sitting forward astride the horse,
the horse's walking gait imparts movement responses
remarkably similar to normal human gait.
The occupational therapist is able to combine the
effects of the equine movement with other standard
intervention strategies for working on fine motor
control, sensory integration, motor strengthening and
endurance, visual perception, social and emotional
skills, feeding skills, attention skills, and functional daily
living skills in a progressively challenging manner.
A therapeutic procedure, which improves function
through the application of aquatic therapeutic
exercises. Aquatic therapy is an excellent therapeutic
low impact activity for individuals of all abilities.
Aquatic therapy activities consist of cardiovascular
endurance and conditioning exercises. These include
walking, jogging, jumping, swimming, kicking, and
other continuous rhythmic activities that elevate
metabolism and improve cardiovascular function.
Occupational Therapy utilizes the pool environment
to also work on self-care goals such as dressing,
showering, toileting, hygiene, community safety and
Omari is a 5-year-old Golden Retriever who is
expertly trained by Canine Companions for
Independence (CCI). In 2008 Omari and her
facilitator, Stacy Alberson, passed the specialized
training and the community access test at CCI and
have been making powerful changes in individuals
lives ever since. Omari works alongside our therapists
promoting range of motion, visual tracking,
motivation, sensory processing, voice tone,
eye-contact, self control, anger management,
responsibility, self-care skills with tooth brushing,
hand washing and hair brushing, and peer play with
games such as hide and seek, tag and fetch.
We also have a "Reading with Omari Program" at a
local school where teachers sign up children who have
reading concerns such as low voice tone when reading
aloud, decreased fluency and blending sounds. Omari
has loving ways to motivate them to read louder,
faster and gain confidence.
Occupational therapy in-home assessments can
identify problem areas that may be affecting and
limiting the clients independence within this setting.
They are scheduled as needed to assist the family in
identifying the causes for the unwanted behaviors or
limitations that the child is exhibiting.
Occupational therapy individual and peer community
outings are a very necessary part of gaining
independence through positive experiences within
local shopping centers and helping remove the
stigmatism and fear that can come with having
functional limitations. We believe that overcoming
this anxiety and reinforcing society rules with positive
supports will reduce long term frustrations and
community avoidance for our clients and their