Therapy In Motion
Therapy In Motion, Inc. provides unique services for children and adults with a wide range of conditions, including autism, ADHD, ADD, Apraxia, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, motor and sensory impairments, scoliosis, stroke survivors, and many more. They specialize is utilizing horses and their movement to facilitate therapy.
Therapy In Motion offers occupational therapy services that incorporate equine movement. Their occupational therapist (OT) specializes in hippotherapy, which integrates the movement of a horse into treatment as part of an individualized therapy plan. Hippotherapy is just one of many treatment strategies possible within an integrated treatment plan to achieve functional outcomes for children and adults.
Therapy In Motion also offers adaptive riding sessions to children and adults with a wide variety of mental, physical, and emotional challenges. Adaptive riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of their clients. It provides benefits primarily in the areas of recreation & leisure, with secondary benefits in health and wellness, similar to participation in a variety of physical activities.
Statement from Therapy In Motion:
“We use horses to positively impact cognitive, physical, emotional & social well-being of people with mental, physical & emotional challenges. We feel that the connection and bond that our clients form with the horses is one of the most powerful aspects of what we do. Horses do not understand ‘disability’ and therefore, they accept every person as they are. This also creates an innate sense of motivation for our clients to participate and assists them to be much more willing to try new and challenging things.”
The director of Therapy In Motion was handed the reins of the former program, SAMS Riders, from Bob and Timi Burmood. They provided therapeutic horseback riding services for almost 30 years prior to Bob's passing in 2016. The heart and soul of their program lives on with Therapy In Motion. Below is a clip of the video "Go Horse Please", which shows the founders of SAMS Riders and the wonderful program they built.
YouTube clip: “Go Horse Please”:
The full video is available to check out at the Kalispell Public Library. Entitled “Go Horse Please”.
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Founder of SAMS Riders
Bob Burmood earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Concordia University in Seaward, NE. His 45 years in Special Education include teaching at Accotink Academy in Springfield VA, Director of Child Development Center (Mid-Nebraska Mental Retardation Services) in Grand Island, NE and Child Development Specialist for Western Montana Comprehensive Development Center (CDC). Mr. Burmood was the first Home Trainer hired by CDC and in 1989 he designed and implemented a therapeutic riding program.
Lynnette Holmes, MS, OTR/L Director/Therapist
Therapy In Motion
Co-Founder of SAMS Riders
Timothea (Timi) Burmood has 30+ years of horse savvy, including the professional showing of American Saddlebreds. Mrs. Burmood offers up 20 years of experience as a therapeutic horseback riding consultant, conducting over 1,000 sessions a year. She is a mother of a 28-year old child with a special challenge/gift. Her background is broadened with over 25 years of office management, payroll reports, child study team reports, psychological reports, child find screening and state and federal reports.
Lynnette is an Occupational Therapist (OT), who specializes in integrating the use of equine movement into treatment (hippotherapy). She is the director and therapist at Therapy In Motion. She was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana and grew up with an avid interest in horses. She has been a dedicated volunteer to several adaptive riding facilities for over 14 years. She moved to California to attend San Jose State University and during her time there, she volunteered with a therapy facility in Woodside, CA that specialized in hippotherapy and gained further experience in how to combine the use of a horse with traditional therapy services. In 2013, she returned to Montana after receiving her Master’s Degree in occupational therapy. Immediately, she began volunteering for S.A.M.S. and fell in love with it. The owners, Bob and Timi Burmood, had been hoping to retire, and after getting to know Lynnette, decided that she was the right fit to fill their shoes. Bob and Timi’s legacy lives on in the heart and soul of Therapy In Motion. Prior to this endeavor, Lynnette worked at Whitefish Therapy and North Valley Hospital and has experience with individuals of all ages with a wide variety of disabilities.