• Related Resources

    We strive to provide patients and families with valuable information about occupational therapy and physical therapy. We also offer support and educational resources for the OT / PT community. Resources include: 

  • The Division of Audiology treats children with many different needs such as hearing loss, persistent ear disease, problems with speech and language, and balance problems. If you are concerned about your child’s hearing or your child has school performance issues that may be related to hearing, contact Audiology to request an evaluation. 
    The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a program of the Ohio Department of Health that links families of children with special needs to a network of providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.          

    Registered nurses and schedulers will assist out-of-town families when two or more appointments are needed during your child’s visit.

    Learn more about Clinical Concierge

    The Family Resource Center can answer questions about hospital services, area support groups, parenting classes, community resources, health information, setting up CarePages and much more.
    Guest Services can help out-of-town families before traveling to Cincinnati Children’s and after your arrival. Services may include arranging ground transportation, discounted lodging and interpreter services.

    Hippotherapy is “treatment with the help of the horse." Occupational therapists and physical therapists use the movement of a horse to help children and adults. The term comes from the Greek word, “hippos,” which means horse.

    Why Choose Us?

    How a horse can help with treatment:

    • Their walk is similar to the movement of a human pelvis when walking
    • They provide sensory input that can be, rhythmic, variable, and repetitive
    • As the child or adult responds to the input, changes in function can occur
    • They serve as a great motivator
    • They are in natural settings

    Benefits of hippotherapy:

    • Arousal and attention
    • Balance
    • Body awareness
    • Endurance
    • Muscle strength
    • Posture
    • Timing
    • Coordination
    • Sequencing
    • Joint mobility

    Who Can Benefit?

    Children ages 2 and older may be eligible to participate

    Individuals with the following diagnoses including, but not limited to:

    • Genetic Syndromes
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Sensory Processing Difficulties
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Developmental Delay
    • Stroke
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Guillain -Barre
    • Multiple Sclerosis

    Children with medical conditions may need to consult with their physician and therapist prior to participation. Precautions or contraindications to be considered include:

      • Allergies (related to horses and the outdoors)
      • History of animal abuse

    Location of Service

    Services are provided to outpatients at Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship located at 1342 State Route 50, Milford, OH 45150. Contact Laura Benza, Program Director, at 513-831-7050 for information and scheduling.

    To learn more about hippotherapy, please explore the following resources:

    American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) 
    Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)

    Recent articles for use:

    • Whalen, C. N. & Case-Smith, J. (2012). Therapeutic effects of horseback riding therapy on gross motor function in children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 32(3), 229–242.
    • Zadnikar, M. & Kastrin, A. (2011). Effects of hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding on postural control or balance in children with cerebral palsy: A meta-analysis. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 53, 684-691.

    Additional Programs and Services

    Learn more about the various specialized programs and services we offer in the Divisions of Occupational and Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation. 

    Children from around the world are cared for at Cincinnati Children’s. Interpreters provide services to non-English speaking patients and their families at no cost.

    Learn more about Interpreter Services.

    The pastoral care team offers spiritual guidance in all faiths-or simply emotional support-to a hospitalized child or to parents or other family members affected by a child’s illness or chronic condition.

    The Perlman Center is a specialty center designed to address the complex therapy, developmental, assistive technology and care coordination needs of those with cerebral palsy.

    Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House allows families to remain close to their children receiving medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s.
    Parents can turn to the Rubenstein Library for health-related information on developmental and behavioral issues and related health conditions.

    Social workers are trained to assist with the psychological and social problems that can arise during a hospital stay or in caring for a special needs child.

    Learn more about Social Services

    Special Connections (Family-to-Family Program) is an online community where families and caregivers of children with special healthcare needs can connect with each other for support, information, and inspiration. Medical advice from healthcare professionals will not be provided.
    The Special Needs Resource Directory can assist parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers identify, evaluate and access necessary services and supports including information about a diagnosis or condition and resources related to education, financial, recreation, and community resources for children with special needs.
    Speech-Language Pathology services include comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, consultations, parent counseling and treatment for children with communication or feeding/swallowing disorders.
  • Our focus on personalized care makes us unique; our goal is to make each child’s experience in occupational  and physical therapy meaningful and productive.

    Our focus on personalized care makes us unique.