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Benefits

Each VICTORY helps them thrive in life: 
What the medical community says =
and what it means to YOU

Physical Benefits:
  • Improved balance and muscle strength = fewer falls, increased mobility and independence at home, school and social situations.   Sometimes this task is as simple as the ability to sit up at a desk or table.
  • Improved coordination, faster reflexes and increased motor planning =   Functionally, we see families can enjoy going out together, riders can handle a lunch tray in the cafeteria, carry their books and get to classes,  sit up at the desk to work and learn
  • Increased core strength and development = ability to perform self-care, bathe and use the restroom
  • Increased  range of motion of joints = dress themselves, groom themselves
  • Stretching of tight or spastic muscles   = less pain and discomfort
  • Decreased spasticity =  fewer falls, increased ability to walk
  • Improved respiration and circulation = increased tolerance of exercise and daily routine, better overall health and wellness
  • Stimulates sensory integration =  ability to cope with external factors
  • Improved visual spatial perception = improves ability to understand position in space and their position or orientation within that space can affect their gross motor skills and classroom performance
  • Better hand-eye coordination = ability to feed themselves,  brush hair and teeth,  perform schoolwork
  • Reduction of abnormal movement patterns = comfort and confidence in independent movements
Cognitive/Sensory Benefits:
  • Development of learned skills = doing two things at once such as “whoa” and “pull back” creates sequencing ability, enhancing learning
  • Tactile awareness and sensory integration = fewer ‘meltdowns’ due to a touch, sight or sound.  Promotes emotional wellbeing and the ability to cope in stressful situations, ability to filter what they need to move forward in a situation.
  • Improved application of tasks and skills = following multiple steps for grooming and dressing tasks (such as 'brush your teeth')
  • Sequencing, patterning and motor planning = remembering how to get to class, location and travel patterns, what tools to take, which room to go in and where to sit.
Socio-Emotional Benefits: 
  • Improved self-confidence = promotes independence, appropriate social interaction, eye contact and communication
  • Improved risk-taking abilities =  higher participation in school,  accepting challenges
  • Better emotional control/Development of patience = fewer meltdowns, improved socialization
  • Greater self-awareness and self-confidence = the ability and confidence to learn coping skills
  • Achievement = pride, dignity, self-worth
  • Teamwork and collaboration= ability to work closely with teachers, medical professionals, peers and family
  • Friendship and compassion = have a friend or get along in the family unit, increases self-value and motivation
  • Cooperation = following instructions, behavior control, teamwork
  • Personal hygiene = grooming and self care
  • Expansion of locus of control = self-control and initiation of self-determination activities
  • Greater respect for others, both humans and animals - showing respect and restraint with humans and animals
“Benefits” as noted by the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability www.nchpad.org
the "="  explains what that means to teachers, families and riders in daily life.
 

 

Dory Pell, Program Director
Certified Instructor