NCEFT provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy that utilizes equine movement as part of the plan of treatment, adaptive riding, Veterans and First Re sponders programs, special-eduction school programs, summer camps, social skills groups and more for children and adults with a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities.
Every patient/client session requires volunteers to make our programs possible. Session volunteers (also known as side walkers) are integral members of the hippotherapy and adaptive riding teams. They work directly with and are guided by our staff therapists and instructors to support the patients and students during sessions. Session volunteers do not need previous experience with horses or with people with disabilities - they just need enthusiasm, strong backs, and the stamina to keep up with our patients and horses! Session volunteers walk beside the patient on the horse for the entire therapy session, and their primary job is maintaining the safety of that patient at all times. Side walkers must meet the qualifications noted below as well as attend a training session/orientation prior to working with patients.
- People Skills
- Dance / Aerobics
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 14
- 3 hrs once a week of intermittent.
- Physically fit for side walking or not for other help.