Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Donkey Therapy

We were blessed to have a doctor who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation here at the same time as our Physical Therapist. The patients greatly benefited from their combined skills.
One of the things they were able to offer was hippotherapy, a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. (definition from Wikipedia)
There are no horses in Impfondo, but there is a donkey! He is very gentle and mild mannered, and he enjoys the attention he gets while helping with therapy.

It is incredible to see the joy and confidence that comes over each individual's face as they are given this opportunity.

Note: You may recognize this young man from Random Saturday part 3. He's adjusting well, and gaining strength daily.

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