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Ellington Therapy Riding Center

& Occupational Therapy Clinic


ETRC operations have been suspended until June 2014.

Please contact Bev Sadler for questions at

Ellington Therapy Riding Center provides occupational therapy services in a unique clinic setting. After evaluation, each diverse learner is provided with the tools and strategies to improve their skills related to a physical, emotional, social, and/or mental health disability. By improving balance, strength, sensory processing and range of motion we are able to achieve functional outcomes and an improved level of independence. Our clients seek to advance not only their access to their personal environments but also their contributions to their family and community.

Occupational Therapy at ETRC: “skills for the job of living”

o Specializing in children and adults with:
*Autism, Sensory processing disorder, Dyspraxia, problems with Handwriting, problems with Executive function, Visual-Motor deficits, Traumatic Brain Injury, Upper Extremity weakness/coordination

o Specializing in integrating Hippotherapy as a tool into the patient’s plan of care
o Motor Development
o Play-Based Development
o Sensory Integration Techniques/Self-Regulation strategies
o Social-Skills group for children with autism
o Neurodevelopmental Technique (NDT)
o Manual Therapy
o Brain Gym/ Yoga/ Therapeutic Exercise
o Handwriting evaluation and remediation
o Behavioral strategies to support learning
o Specializing in Canine, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for children struggling with academics: certified by Community Canines for Companionship and Care of R.I. (CCCC)
o Vocational Skills Development

A Special Thank You

ETRC and our clients want to thank Diane and Lucy Jacobson for their great idea of having a Stand-a-Thon. Thank you to the horses, Big Albert and Abby for providing the opportunity to stand on a vaulting horse! The participants had fun and were excited about trying something new.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you to the young ladies and one gentleman that were willing to stand for 25 strides and earn the donation to ETRC's clients.

Angel’s for Alex

Alex and his Mom are very blessed to have some amazing people in their lives. These Angels have made it possible for ETRC to realize our dream of adding another therapy horse to our stable. These Angels have demonstrated an incredible random act of kindness that will touch the lives of many people, young and old alike. We at ETRC would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to these Angels, and we hope that their generosity will be returned to them tenfold.

“Make yourself familiar with the angels,
And behold them frequently in spirit;
For without being seen,
They are present with you.”
St Francis de Sales

What Is Occupational Therapy and their holistic perspective on life?

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include
•an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
•customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform
daily activities and reach the goals, and
•an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. *Taken from AOTA website

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers needed for Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Horse experience a bonus.

For details contact Bev at 860-649-4360 or


Closed for all major holidays, basically the CT. public school schedules including: Christmas, Christmas Eve, News Years Eve, Thanksgiving, Good Friday, Easter, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents day, Fourth of July weekend, Labor Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend, Columbus day.



"How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these."  - George Washington Carver