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Hippotherapy Session One


After a week of having rain in the afternoon, my daughter was finally able to begin her Hippotherapy sessions. I was ecstatic as always to see how anxious she was in wanting to ride. Though, she started the session with a little humor. Her therapist and her daughter, who is leading the horse, already had the horse saddled and ready to go when we got there. My daughter calmly walked up to the horse and started to pet him.

She looked down at the ground and immediately picked up brown clumps asking, “What’s this?”

Her therapist replies calmly, “Horse poo.” I bit my lip trying not to laugh, but at the same time thought oh gross!

She instantly drops the poo and starts wiping her hands on her shirt saying, “Ew, poo! Nasty poo!”

I immediately reach for her arm, telling her calmly that we need to wash our hands now. After she was all clean she pointed to the horse, asking if she can ride. Her therapist pointed out where the horse’s mouth, nose, and eyes were before sitting my daughter on top of the horse. She then learned to make nice, calm strokes on the horses neck and not hard slapping pats.

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I watch her ride around the corral in one big circle, before riding off behind a house into a shaded pathway. The lead stopped the horse as the therapist began asking her questions, having her repeat words. Then they played toss the ring on a pole after her therapist asked her what the color of each ring was. The lead then had the horse stop in the middle of the circle where the therapist picked up some flash cards and began asking her what was on each card. This went on for an hour.

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After the session my daughter seemed happier and asked if she could ride again. I told her she will, though she would have to wait until next week.

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Do the Potty Dance


For the past couple of weeks my daughter has actually been using the potty. What’s even better is that she tells me that she has to go potty. I have a little song and dance that I do when she’s sitting on the potty and a song and dance I do when she’s used the potty. It’s quite entertaining to her that she even sings along or when she needs to potty she starts to sing the potty song.

I have been trying to potty train her for the past couple of years now; she’s three. All kids are different and won’t be fully potty trained at the age of one or two, it takes each child awhile to get accustomed to the potty and what it’s used for.

Since my daughter started doing speech therapy she has learned more words and has even started putting those words together. I think this has helped her with the potty training process. There was a communication barrier, I couldn’t understand my daughter as she mostly babbled, speaking a total of ten words if not a few more. I now think she’s able to understand me and I’m starting to understand her.

At first I tried having her sit on it, she was terrified of it, so it took a few short introductions before she was comfortable being near her small pink Princess potty. I then had her sitting on it sans diaper. After several months of doing that she actually peed in it. I got excited, clapped and cheered, then hugged her. Though I think I may have scared her a little as she started to point at the pee in the potty and began to cry. She wouldn’t go near the potty for a week after that. So I began to re-introduce her to the potty again. This time she had to have the company of almost every toy in her toy box. Her potty sits next to the tub, which is at the perfect height for her to drive her cars up and down, or causally walk her animals around the rim of the tub.

The only thing that upsets me about potty training my child is the people telling me how I should do this and what and when. These people don’t deal with children with special needs or with children with certain Autistic behaviors. It’s great your child potty trained at an earlier age than my daughter, thank you for telling me, but when my daughter is ready, she’ll let me know. At first my daughter was terrified of the potty because of the noise it made when it flushed. Now she’s perfectly fine with it flushing. She even enjoys flushing the potty on her own free will, especially after she’s dropped something in it. She’s still terrified of sitting on the bigger potty, but has no problem sitting on her own personalized Princess potty.

We’re moving in small steps, but we’re moving at the speed that’s best for her. She’ll be potty trained soon, maybe not right now, but soon. I’m just happy she’s finally able to understand the concept of what her potty is used for.