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Last Updated: 03/12/2018

IEP Issues - Alternative Therapy Options

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Therapy on Horseback Carries Rewards - Hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the movement of a horse. Conditions such as autism and learning disabilities may benefit from hippotherapy. Hippotherapy is entering the mainstream and catching on across the U.S. Treatment can cost up to $200 for a one-hour session, a therapist says.

MI Pretty Pony Pastures is a Therapeutic Riding center offering a safe and enjoyable horse experience for persons with special needs. Our programs include horsemanship and horse management as well as riding.


Horses Provide Therapy for Students with Disabilities - The Matheny School in Peapack, N.J., has launched a 10-week therapeutic riding program to strengthen the muscles of its students with special needs and boost their confidence. Research, while limited, suggests riding therapy improves children's gross motor functions, with the gains persisting after the riding ends.


MI Euro-Peds North Oakland Medical Centers
Children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders receive intense physical therapy at the Euro-Pēds clinic, the world's first and only hospital-based intensive therapy program, in order to achieve maximum improvement in minimal time. Children with all levels of involvement are treated and for thousands of children, it offers treatment options never before explored such as SUIT Therapy and the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU). Many patients learn to do things they never did before in their lives - roll, sit, crawl and even walk. To learn more, visit


The Vitamins and Nutrition Center

The Vitamins and Nutrition Center provides factual information on vitamins and nutrition, reports on the latest vitamin research and explains just how vitamins prevent disease.


Coloring Therapy

An alternative to formal meditation practices with a potential for family and interpersonal team-building skill development. Guidelines and resources to help you inexpensively improve your coping and awareness skills through an enjoyable activity.


I Care Now

A new organization is being formed to provide support and advocacy for people with brain injuries who are receiving alternative therapies. One of the aims of the organization is to promote the legitimacy of alternative therapies and pursue Medicaid funding of them.


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