Unbridled Rehabilitation Updates Fall 2020

What a year 2020 has been so far!

We want you to know that we are here for you in whatever way we can show up. In light of schools returning in virtual capacities for the first semester, we have some new modes of support coming your way. 

We continue to offer hybrid services for Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, and Speech therapy in a variety of ways including televisits, office visits, home visits, and community-based programs.

Hippotherapy Break

Sept 1-5, 2020 This is a reminder for all that next week, Sept 1-5, there will be no mounted sessions for farm visits. We schedule these breaks 3 times a year to help ensure our horses continue to be happy and healthy in doing their jobs as a therapy partner. Each of our horses are hard workers and so very giving of themselves throughout the year. We are grateful to have such an amazing group of equine partners to work with in our program. 

Note: This should not impact your regularly scheduled visits. We encourage you to keep your farm visit this week if possible, as we will take the opportunity to work with the kids on learning about their therapy partners in other ways such as how to care for, lead, and interact with them on the ground. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your therapist.

School schedules:

Please speak with your therapist this week to confirm scheduling for the school year and make sure you are scheduled appropriately to keep the recommended frequency with your plan of care. Call the office or email us for any scheduling changes or updates.

Our team is growing!

We are in the process of making our physical therapy and speech therapy services more available to provide for all your therapy needs. Updates on that will be coming out within the next few weeks as we on-board and orient new team members with URS. 

Personal therapy. Powerful results. 

We stand by this model. It is our privilege to serve each of you–our patients and their families– in whatever way we can to support growth, wellbeing, and a thriving community. We believe this is still possible despite the more complicating factors of the pandemic and a fast-approaching school year.

In an effort to meet the growing needs of our community, here is how we hope to serve you in addition to your regular individual therapy services this school year. 

Life Skills Group 

Time: Tuesday & Friday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Location: Sundown Vista Farm 4005 Sundown Rd, Gaithersburg 20882
Ages 8-15. The Life Skills Group is a fun opportunity to interact with their peers and their equine partners at the farm as they address motor planning, sequencing, interpersonal skills, social skills, team building, responsibility, and problem-solving through various activities all revolving around barn work. *socially distanced w/mask-wearing required, max 5 per group.

Social Skills Group 

Time: Wednesday morning from 9:00 am – 9:30 am 
Location: Virtual zoom meeting
The Social Skills Group will provide your child with the opportunity to grow their social skills in an interactive group setting. They will be presented with activities that challenge their interpersonal skills, social-emotional skills, flexibility, and self-regulation in a fun and supportive environment as they interact with the therapist and their peers.

Parent Connections Support Group

Time: Wednesday evening 8:30 pm
Location: Virtual zoom meeting
Parent Connections Support Group is an opportunity to connect with other parents and engage in group discussions on anything from how to be your best self for your kiddos to tips and tricks for daily life as a parent. It is a place to share the successes and shortcomings of the week and receive encouragement from one another’s perspectives. Parenting is not easy and no one is perfect. This group is designed to foster a discussion between parents about how we can all give ourselves a little bit more grace as we navigate this crazy world of parenting.

Wind Down the Week Group 

Time: Friday evening from 7-7:30p
Location: Virtual zoom meeting
Wind Down the Week group is a chance for your child to interact with other children and practice self-regulation and calming techniques to get their bodies ready for their bedtime routine. Get all of that built up energy out from the week of therapies and school work to set them up for a wonderful weekend.

Home School Transition Coaching w/ Parent Support Group 

Time: Contact us for scheduling
Location: Virtual zoom meeting

Home School Transition coaching will provide you and your child with the tools you need to have a successful school year as we all transition to distance learning and navigating these uncharted waters at home. We will help you establish a routine and boundaries with your child and help you both to set up a “school station” that sets them up for successful attentive learning. We will also work with your child on self-advocacy and other school prep topics to get them ready for a virtual classroom. *this is available in 1:1 coaching for more personalized approach in-home setting, partnered with a parent collaborative portion to meet parent-specific needs.

Handwriting Group 

Time: TBD
Location: Owings Mills Office – 11419 Cronridge Drive, Suite 9, Owings Mills 21117 *An alternative location may be elected if more families are interested but unable to participate at the OM office.

Handwriting Group is for children of all abilities that presents handwriting in a fun, interactive way with structure and movement breaks as needed. Writing is a complex task, incorporating components of coordination, organization, speed, strength, and endurance. This group will teach your child a method of handwriting which is neat and proficient using a multi-sensory approach. Your child will learn to use posture, balance, control, movement, perception, memory, and coordination correctly to develop good handwriting habits from the very beginning. *socially distanced w/mask-wearing required, max 4 per group.

Mommy & Me Yoga with Kelly Doll, COTA, Certified yoga instructor

Time: 5:30 pm Wednesday 
Location: Alpha Ridge Park
Mommy & Me Yoga is a wonderful yoga experience with your child focusing on nurturing both the parent and child. This class blends an adult-focused yoga sequence, developmentally appropriate movement for your child, and interactive play to promote shared experience and bonding. Connect with your child, other parents, and yourself. $20/parent-child pair.

Interested in any of the above groups or additional services? 

Talk to your therapist or contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule any of these options to include them in your/your child’s plan of care. 

So-long and Best wishes, Courtney!! Courtney has been an integral part of the team this year, helping to build our therapy services and support our patients/families. Her last day with URS will be this coming Saturday, August 29. We are so sad to see her go, but excited for her in this next adventure as she joins the Army and serves as an Occupational Therapist in the Medical Specialist Corps! 

In light of Courtney’s departure, we are excited to welcome Abigail Schaefer, OTR/L onto our team. Get to know our team by clicking here!

We look forward to continuing to serve you.


Katie and the URS team