Therapeutic Riding / Hippotherapy
Therapeutic riding is the use of equine activities for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities to improve muscle tone, motor development, balance, posture, coordination and overall emotional well-being. Riders can experience a sense of independence that they may not be able to experience anywhere else.herapeutic riding is the use of equine activities for individuals with physical or mental disabilities to improve muscle tone, motor development, balance, posture, coordination and overall emotional well-being. Riders can experience a sense of independence that they may not be able to experience anywhere else.
Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center
332 College Hill Rd.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
Telephone: (603) 746-4374
The Carriage Barn Equestrian Center
PO Box 5
E. Kingston, NH 03827
Harmony Acres Therapeutic
PO Box 464
Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: (603) 738-4996
High Horses Therapeutic Riding
PO Box 681
Norwich, VT 05055
Miracles in Motion
118 Wyman Road
Keene, NH 03431
Riding Rides Up!
RT 103 E #402
Warner, NH 03278
Telephone: (603) 938-2211
Horse Power, Inc.
13 Pony Farm Lane
Temple, NH 03084
Phone: (603) 654-3996
Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
153 Paige Hill Rd
Goffstown, NH 03045
Telephone: (603) 497-2343
Wings and Hooves Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
8 Freeman Street
East Kingston, NH 03827
Music Therapy is an allied health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the client's abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of his or her life. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.
Not every "therapy" needs to look like therapy! In fact, many opportunities to teach social, leisure, and other life skills don't come packaged as therapy at all. For example, some teens with ASD attend improvisational theatre classes to improve fluency in speech. Virtually any sport will help improve coordination and stamina. Song may assist and motivate speech.
What does your town recreation department offer? What about the local dojo, middle school robotics team, or parish players? When parents approach programs asking "how can we make this work?" many coaches and directors are also willing to think
Don't Let Therapy Box You In
The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.”
Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, and families to assess and treat mental health issues. Art therapists are masters level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy.
For more information:
New Hampshire Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Putting the Pieces Together in the Granite State
RESOURCES, Therapeutic Recreation
For more information about this field and how music therapists are credentialed, see: The American Music Therapy Association, national office, www.musictherapy.org; and New England Region:
Berkshire Hills Music Academy
48 Woodbridge Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Manchester Community Music School
2291 Elm St.
Manchester, NH 03104
Telephone: (603) 644-4548
Music Therapist and Guitar Teacher
offering music therapy at several locations
16 Oak Street
Exeter, NH 03833
To see a list of the more than 20 credentialed art therapists in New Hampshire, link here.
The Power of Music in One Girl's Life
from Night of too Many Stars, 2012
"outside of the box." This may mean involving a physical, occupational or behavior therapist for a time to help the instructors understand your child and how to include him or her successfully in the groups' activities. Such efforts pay long-term dividends in creating an opportunity for peers to get to know your child as a friend who shares their enthusiasm for a skill or sport.
The NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders
21 S. Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
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