Occupational Therapy treatment sessions set within an equine

environment to achieve functional outcomes.  Utilizing a natural

environment that includes horses, the barn, and related activities is

highly motivating and meaningful to many children and adults.  This

setting incorporates one of the primary philosophies behind

Occupational Therapy – utilizing a meaningful activity to achieve

functional outcomes.


Equine Assisted Therapy is defined by the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. as:

      A goal directed intervention, by a health service professional with specific expertise and within the scope of their practice, in which a specially trained equine is an integral part of the treatment process.


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Occupational Therapy treatment sessions incorporating

Hippotherapy to achieve functional outcomes.  These therapy

sessions specifically utilize the three-dimensional movement of the

horse to address impairments that affect an individual’s ability to

participate in their daily activities/tasks.  Sensory Integration and

Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) are key theories used in



Hippotherapy is defined by the American Hippotherapy

Association, Inc. as:

      A physical, occupational, or speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement.  Used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes.







If you are interested in Occupational Therapy Services incorporating any of the above specialties, please contact Chase at:

Phone: 512-814-6328

Fax: 866-442-3880

Email: chase@cadencetherapy.com

Equine Assisted Therapy

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Treatment for dysfunction of the vestibular system.  It is

evidenced based with outcomes of improved motor

development, reversed progression of motor

development delays, improved balance, and improved

sensory organization.  Vestibular Rehabilitation is used with

patients of any age, but can be critical for fall prevention in the older population.

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is the neurological process that organizes sensations

from one's body and from the environment, and makes it possible to

use the body to make adaptive responses within the environment. To

do this, the brain must register, select, interpret, compare, and

associate sensory information in a flexible, constantly-changing

pattern" A Jean Ayres, 1989

Occupational therapy with a sensory integration approach typically

takes place in a sensory-rich environment. During OT sessions, the therapist guides the child through fun activities that are subtly structured so the child is constantly challenged but always successful.

Integrated Listening System (iLs)

iLs is a multi-sensory program for improving brain function.  iLs has a global effect

on the brain and central nervous system, influencing the following systems: balance,

visual, auditory, motor, coordination,  behavior and emotional regulation. 

Chase Doverspike, MOT, OTR/L, HPCS is an iLs Practitioner

ALERT Program

A program to teach self-regulation awareness and is often used as part of a

sensory integration approach.

Astronaut Training

A program to enhance interplay between Vestibular, Auditory, and Visual sensory

systems.  This program can be used at home in addition to in the clinic under the

supervision of a trained therapist.

Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive “Brushing” Technique

The protocol is based on sensory integration theory, and provides a

particular type of sensory input that can have a calming and organizing

effect on a child’s central nervous system. It is most often used for

individuals who have been identified with sensory defensiveness, especially

tactile defensiveness.  The protocol has very precise guidelines and training

by a therapist who has been properly trained in the use of this modality is necessary before beginning this therapy.