Thursday 9 July, 2020

Careers Unveiled: Hippotherapist

Have you ever wondered what goes into certain jobs?

In this new limited series, Careers Unveiled takes a look at at some of the lesser-known career fields in Trinidad and Tobago, exploring occupations that, while we may know little about, feed into critical areas of our society. 

In this week's episode, we meet with Karen Stollmeyer, founder of Horses Helping Humans. Karen is a certified and licensed Speech and Language Pathologist riding coach, and equestrian who has been able to use her love for horses to provide a unique way to help children living with autism and special needs.

In other words, Karen is a hippotherapist, utilising horse riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment to improve coordination, balance, and strength.

Hippotherapy has been shown to be very effective for improving the communications skills of children with autism and special needs, and also provides many other benefits such as improved core muscle strength, balance, and coordination, and improved social skill development in all children.

It's also been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and depression in both children and adults. Karen tells us more about her fascinating job as well as how her work is having a significant impact on some of the nation's children.



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