What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a brain injury that occurs while the child’s brain is under development.
Cerebral Palsy is caused by brain damage or injury or abnormal development of the brain when a child’s brain is still developing, it can occur before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.
Cerebral Palsy affects body movement due to poor muscle control and coordination of body posture and balance. It also impacts the fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.
Some Common Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy includes stiff muscles, excessive drooling or problems with swallowing, difficulty in walking, delay in speech development and seizures.
Horse Therapy For Cerebral Palsy
A horse used in therapeutic horse riding with its good symmetrical movements can help riders with cerebral palsy to obtain a normal balance as well as good posture and movement. A long or slow approach as guided by an instructor has been found to be more effective in achieving better posture and alignment for the patient.
The instructor is careful that his or her guidance or technique would not lead to increased tone or provide discomfort to the riding individual. The instructor constantly asks the rider how she or he feels during or even after the session.
The muscles of the rider must always be relaxed to achieve comfort for the patient such that his or her stability when riding the horse is good.
A horse which walks smoothly and with a wider base would be more effective while the use of a saddle with a suede or synthetic cover is considered more effective.
Other Special Needs Conditions
At Healing Horses Singapore, we provide a range of Professional Horse Therapy Services to help children/teenage/adults with special needs to manage the conditions as listed below. Through the years, we’ve seen significant results of Horse Therapy on child/teenage/adults, their progress is our greatest rewards and motivations!
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Brain Injury
- Down Syndrome
- Developmental Delay
- Muscle Dystrophy
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Spinal Injury
*Students with financial issues, can approach us for assistance *Free demonstration on basic horse management will be conducted for students on their 1st session
Terms and conditions:
*Strictly by appointment only
*Training will be conducted at the school’s premises itself and allocation of a private room is needed to conduct.