We provide traditional speech therapy with a licensed speech pathologist while implementing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. This means the child will be on the horse and riding around in a pasture while participating in speech therapy. Speech therapy targets comprehension, verbal expression, word finding, social/pragmatic goals, joint attention, cognition, confidence, or other goals within the SLP’s scope of practice. Speech sessions are 30 minutes long and the child will spend most of the session on the horse (depending on the child’s tolerance). Single sessions are $69. Your insurance may reimburse, or partially reimburse this fee. Please note, we currently do not offer formal speech therapy in our monthly program but we can address speech and language goals in our therapeutic riding program.
What do Speech Language Pathologists do?
Speech language pathologists (SLPs) provide a wide range of services, mainly on an individual basis, but also as support for individuals, families, support groups, and providing information for the general public. Speech language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech services begin with initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders and continue with assessment and diagnosis, consultation for the provision of advice regarding management, intervention and treatment, and provision counseling and other follow up services for these disorders. Services are provided in the following areas:
- cognitive aspects of communication (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving, executive functions).
- speech (phonation, articulation, fluency, resonance, and voice including aeromechanical components of respiration);
- language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatic/social aspects of communication) including comprehension and expression in oral, written, graphic, and manual modalities; language processing; preliteracy and language-based literacy skills, phonological awareness.
- swallowing or other upper aerodigestive functions such as infant feeding and aeromechanical events (evaluation of esophageal function is for the purpose of referral to medical professionals);
- voice (hoarseness (dysphonia), poor vocal volume (hypophonia), abnormal (e.g. rough, breathy, strained) vocal quality. Research demonstrates voice therapy to be especially helpful with certain patient populations; individuals with Parkinson’s Disease often develop voice issues as a result of their disease.
- sensory awareness related to communication, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions.
Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, or emotional issues.
For more information on speech language pathology, visit www.asha.org.
My littlest one, Liam, was having a tough time getting started with talking, so we took him to Cowboy Up Therapies. We worked with Miss Kelley and her horses two times per week and made strides almost immediately! About a year later now, he’s talking up a storm, and still mentions “Miss Kelley’s barn” whenever he plays with barn animals. Definitely recommend Cowboy Up Therapies!
Kelley is such a kind person with an abundance of patience. Her horses are gentle and very friendly! Truly a outstanding place! A big thank you to Kelley and her team for the amazing session.
Kelley is a wonderful! My daughter loves spending time with the horses.
Kelly is the best Speech Therapist in the Houston area, first hand experience her knowledge and attention to detail is what makes Cowboy Up Therapy the best of the best
Kelly has a big heart and passion for her work. Innovative therapy with a great instructor!