Tagged with disabilities

Dear Reader: Prosthetic Limbs

One of my friends has a question for you all… Dear Reader, Does anyone have any experience teaching individuals with a prosthesis, specifically, a lower leg prosthesis? I am wondering if there is a way to keep the prosthesis from twisting when the individual rides. It is attached via a suspension system, and it is from the … Continue reading

Communication Tools & Strategies

Want to know the basics of communicating with your riders? In particular, those with verbal and non verbal learning disabilities, sensory and ASD issues? Well there is a GREAT powerpoint presentation called “Communication Tools & Strategies” by Susan Lutz that was presented at the Region 5 2012 conference. You can find the info in 2 … Continue reading

Speech Disabilities in Therapeutic Riding

Sometimes you will get students with speech disabilities. While the TR Instructor is not a speech therapist – your purpose is to teach riding skills – there are certain adaptations you need to make and things you can do to help communication. I wanted to share some resources I have found so far about working … Continue reading

Weak Sides and Adaptations

I was helping with a therapeutic driving workshop today and something they said a few things that apply to teaching therapeutic riding that are logical yet easy to forget. Weak Sides When you have a student with a weaker side: 1. Have the sidewalker (or able-bodied whip, in driving) on their weak side so they … Continue reading

Rett Syndrome

I have a very young student with Rett Syndrome. Since I didn’t know anything about it, and she can’t communicate much, I did some research… What is Rett Syndrome? “Rett syndrome is a rare inherited disease that causes developmental and nervous system problems, mostly in girls. It’s related to autism. Babies with Rett syndrome seem to … Continue reading