At Hippos & Fish we believe “living” happens within the home and within the community, but successful “living” must begin within each person’s self worth. We have developed the following programs to give individuals and their families a variety of therapy interventions to support individual needs, challenge the mind and body and motivate the spirit to achieve their highest level of independence.
Therapy delivered within a child’s school environment can be very beneficial to not only the child but also the school staff and family. The therapist can directly assist the teacher with classroom modifications and student adaptations, offer suggestions on best testing methods for the student and help the student with any difficulties they may have with classroom learning, social skills, time management, organization, attention and/or overall independent work/study habits.
Therapy delivered within the Hippos & Fish outpatient environment is filled with specialized therapy tools to enrich each child’s progress. The environment is easily controlled to best suit the child’s needs. At times the therapist can offer peer play teams to work on social skills and encourage friendships.
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 sensory input to the vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual systems.
Forming trusting relationships is the key to successful therapy outcomes. A therapy dog offers acceptance and love with no judgement. Our facility dog works alongside our therapists motivating clients and promoting visual tracking range of motion, sensory processing, voice tone, eye-contact, self control, anger management, responsibility, self-care skills, and so much more.
Aquatics Therapy Program
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. The pool environment allows therapists to work on self-care goals such as dressing, showering, toileting, hygiene, community safety and responsibility.
Martial Arts Program
We provide a fun, supportive martial arts class led by a champion black belt instructor and assisted by a licensed therapist and volunteers. This class is for children, teens and young adults with a variety of special needs. Stretching, exercise and learning movement patterns enhance their self-esteem and peer relationships. Endurance, confidence and overall functional independence are just a few of the positive outcomes of our Martial Arts Program
Community Outreach Program
Individual and peer community outings are a necessary part of gaining independence. 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 families.
In home assessments allow a therapist to identify problem areas that may be affecting and limiting the clients independence within the home. Home assessments can be scheduled as needed to assist the family in identifying the causes for unwanted behaviors or limitations that the child is exhibiting.