How can the MiraColt™ help?
The MiraColt™, as a hippotherapy simulator, is an effective tool in the intervention for people with autism. Hippotherapy has proven to be highly beneficial in developing cognitive, language and sensory skills, in addition to emotional bonds for children and adults who experience autism. The benefits are derived from the walking motion(gait) of a horse which the MiraColt replicates almost exactly.
The MiraColt’s versatility allows it to help meet the needs of individuals with autism, wherever they are. It not only serves as an enhancement to therapeutic practices in clinics, but also allows families to utilize the device in the privacy of their own home. Rather than serving as a replacement to traditional therapy, the MiraColt™ seeks to amplify ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), physical, speech, and cognitive behavioral therapy to improve the quality of life of people affected autism.
Riding the MiraColt™ promotes significantly improved interpersonal skills for those on the autism spectrum by aiding in speech development and nonverbal communication. The device elicits neural stimulation and an overall calming effect to help counteract hypersensitivity and repetitive behaviors in children. It also serves as a teaching aid for kids, where cognitive improvements are directly transferable to the classroom setting. Studies show these benefits result in improved educational development and social interactivity for individuals with autism. It has also shown to reduce care related stress for their families and granted them greater freedom.
Emma Lean, a physical therapist and riding instructor at Joyride Center (A PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center) emphasized the positive impact the MiraColt had on Joyride’s patients with autism, rating it a 10 out of 10 for its ability to improve functionality and aid in distinctive progression.