At Life Spirit Speech Pathology, Inc. we specialize in providing clinical and hippotherapy speech services. Life Spirit Speech Pathology, Inc was established in 2006 and is located in beautiful San Juan Capistrano, California.
Our speech pathology providers offer a variety of intervention services for all ages. We now also treat bilingual Spanish speaking patients. Therapy is directed at increasing each individual's communication skills to their fullest potential. Many of our patients' have experienced communication disorderes related to injury at birth, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders.
The Horse as a Therapy Tool
For some of our patients we use the horse to facilitate an increase in communication skills. The movement promotes a calming and pleasing sensation to the patient. Some patients with severe behavioral deficits will completely eliminate those behaviors once mounted on the horse; therefore facilitating more attention to the therapeutic process.
What is Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy literally means treatment with the help of a horse, from the Greek word hippos meaning horse. The American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) has defined hippotherapy as “a term that refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a tool by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. This tool is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes.” (AHA, 2000)
Impairments that may be modified with hippotherapy are:
Impaired balance responses
Impaired sensorimotor function
Poor postural control
Limbic system function related to arousal, motivation, and attention
Functional limitations relating to the following general areas may be improved with hippotherapy:
Gross motor skills such as sitting, standing, walking
Speech and language abilities
Behavioral and cognitive abilities
At Life Spirit Speech Pathology, Inc. those that we serve have a diversity of needs, yet share a common goal; "to increase each individual's communication skills to their fullest potential". We believe that being able to effectively communicate is a special gift and is an essential component of each individual's well being.
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Local to: San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarite, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Newport Beach. Preferred Provider with : Blue Shield of California, Health Net and PhysMetrics
Out of Network Provider for: Anthem, Aetna, Untied Healthcare & Cigna