“I know this is a valuable tool, having over 25 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist… We have found the movement to be extremely calming to all – the complex rocking motion has greatly assisted in task attention and participation.”
Carolyn Barrett OT, IM, SP
Waco, Texas (June 2016)
The design and development of the MiraColt was inspired by the benefits of Hippotherapy as a treatment strategy that utilizes the sensory and neural stimulation impacts of riding a horse as part of therapy for individuals with neurological and other disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and behavioral disorders.
Between 2016 to 2019, during the early years of development, the Talitha Koum Institute and Hope & Believe Center, both in Waco, Texas were among the first adopters of the device. Both centers are focused on transforming the lives of young children having Autism, Cerebral Palsy plus other neurological and behavioral disorders with physical, occupational and behavioral (ABA) therapeutic interventions. As a complementary tool to their therapeutic interventions, the MiraColt has added the opportunity to access the benefits of hippotherapy even in an environment where a horse is not accessible or possible.
The following is a testimonial that Carolyn Barrett, a certified occupational therapist, working with children who had Autism gave after a few weeks with the MiraColt :
“We have a 3-year-old boy with autism who is unable to complete a 5-minute task at a table. After the first time he rode the Chariot, he engaged in 3 tasks and sat for 20 or more minutes! His parents observed and noted the change as profound. We have this result consistently.”