March 2018 Newsletter

Don’t Forget!

We’ll be closed for Hippotherapy 25th – April 2nd, resuming hippotherapy services on Monday, April 3rd! You can always find information about our closings and other happenings on our website!

 Let’s give Elena and Sarah a warm URS welcome!

Elena is an intern with us from Century High School. Elena wants to attend Centenary University in NJ and major in biology as well as equine business. She’s been riding for 6 years at Talbot Run Equestrian Center and has been an active member of Pony Club for 5 years.
She has her rating of C-1 for both riding and horse knowledge. She mainly focuses on show jumping and has gone to Championships for the past two years for it. She’s hoping to go again this summer. Welcome, Elena!!

Sarah is a senior business student at Liberty High School in Eldersburg who plans on combining her business future with her love for horses. As she finishes out her senior year, Sarah plans on attending Carroll Community College for 2 years to get her Graduation Requirements out of the way before transferring to Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
She plans on majoring in International Business and minor in German. A dedicated horse rider, Sarah has been riding horses for over 13 years and has a 16 year old paint gelding of her own. She has shown all over Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia up until she was about 13, when she decided to quit showing in order to focus on her college future. Welcome, Sarah!!

Spring Strider Bike Program!

Weekly April 8 – 29, 2018 on Sunday afternoons at TRRC from 3-4pm and 4-5pm

For more information or to register, click here!

Why a balance bike? Strider balance bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help riders from 18 months up to adults master the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. This design builds confidence and eliminates fear by allowing individuals to have their feet on the ground and progress at their own pace!

 Summer Enrichment Opportunities!

Learning Without Tears, previously known as Handwriting Without Tears, summer dates to be released in March 2018 with targeted skills including handwriting and keyboarding.

If you’re interested, fill out this short survey with days of the week/times that work well for your family!

 Cerebral Palsy Research

Kara Mueser is a student at Towson University and a previous summer intern at URS. She came back in Fall of 2017 to study the Effects of Hippotherapy on Postural Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Here are some of her findings!

Thank you Kara for your hard work!

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in children. Globally, CP affects approximately 1.5 to 4 per 1,000 live births. CP is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, and posture caused by abnormal development of the brain or brain damage to the developing brain that affects muscle control.There is evidence that suggests hippotherapy can reduce exaggerated reflexes and involuntary muscular contractions while visibly improving extremes of muscle tone which consequently improves postural control in children with CP. There is limited evidence-based data on hippotherapy, with motion analysis techniques. Hudl Technique is an app that allows users to video record movement and review it immediately. The Hudl Technique video app proved to be an effective method to document motor patterns. Utilizing Hudl, one can show quantitatively through the change of hip and knee flexion angles and the subsequent spinal alignment from head to pelvis during the sessions if the child has improved locomotion and postural control. Through inter-professional collaboration, occupational therapists and exercise scientists can work to document intervention strategies that are most effective to address motor control issues and contribute to improved functional outcomes for children with CP.

Thank you to the therapists at URS for helping to provide reliable measures to demonstrate that this alternative therapeutic approach can be effective in managing motor control and improving the quality of life in children with CP!

March Activity!

With March upon us already, its time for some fun St. Patrick’s Day themed activities!

No matter the weather, you can enjoy these fun sensory play ideas.

Enjoy some exploration with these fun rainbow crafts!