What is Little Pony Motricity?

Little Pony Motricity is a unique program developed by PARDS geared to improving psychomotor development. For children aged 4 to 6, it focuses on building the relationship between mental processes and physical activities. It is not yet launched due to the capacity of our present site, though we would be pleased to discuss it with any interested parents or caregivers.

This program is open to children without a clinical diagnosis, although they may have one. It uses the Co-op Approach (Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance) and is a form of therapeutic intervention based on goal-setting and self-evaluation. The children monitor their own performance. They set a goal, come up with a plan, do the activity, then check their results against their goals.

For example, the child wants to be able to lead the horse around a barrel:

What is your goal? What do you want to achieve? The instructor lets them put their goal in their own words, e.g. “I want to lead the pony in a circle around the barrel.”
What is your plan to achieve your goal? The instructor asks them how they think they could achieve their defined goal, e.g. “I lead the pony on the inside (between the pony and the barrel) and stay by its head.”
The instructor lets the child do the activity and lets them do it according to their plan without any interference.
Evaluate the outcome. Were you able to carry out your goal? Did the plan lead to a successful performance or does the plan needs to be changed? If so, what changes? Then develop a new plan and repeat the ‘DO’ and ‘CHECK’ steps until you’ve been successful in achieving your goal.

Little Pony Motricity Program

This 30-week program was developed by an Occupational Therapist and a Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association Intermediate Instructor. PARDS Instructors had identified the need for such a program for an increasing number of our clients, kick-starting its development.

During the second, third, and fourth years we will open the program up to children ages three and up with:

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) or Dyspraxia
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Attention / Concentration Deficits
  • Behavioural Disorders / Low Social Skills
  • Sensory Integration Disorder / Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (dependent upon specific challenges)
  • Developmental Delay
  • Learning Disability

Though a horse is involved, the focus is not on horsemanship skills. The goal is the psychomotor development of the child. Each weekly lesson will be an hour and 15 minutes in duration. Children work in pairs, and we are able to accommodate six children per lesson.

Benefits of Little Pony Motricity

Little Pony Motricity is the relationship between mental processes and physical activities. It helps improve:

  • Fine and gross motor-skills development
  • Self-confidence
  • Language delay
  • Social skills
  • Sensory integration dysfunctions
  • Planning and problem solving skills
  • Logic functions

This program will be launching soon. Stay in touch.

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