Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Intro. 1-2 pages
- Can be broken into pieces, making sub-headers
- I can mention any other AoIs that my project relates to, (C&S) but only in one sentence
- The AoI is the driving force of the project, therefore I need to show an accute understanding of it
Description of the process. 2-3 pages
- Everything from initial ideas & finished product
- Including all aspects, giving reasons, NOT an alalysis
- Steps I took to achieve the goal
Analysis. Main body
Criteria D, E &F
1- The why, inspiration
- How effective was the research, understanding, in realtion to the goal and AoI
2- Analyse the process
- What worked, what didn't
- What was learned
- Which of your choices turned out to be good
3- Analyse the product in terms of the goal
- Did it turn out
- What did you learn
- What changed
- What could you have done differently
4- Chosen AoI
- How was it the focus
- Different aspects, that relate to the AoI
- What did you learn
- What does the project teach about the AoI
- Has your understanding of the AoI changed
Conclusion. 1 page
- Reflecting on the impact, re-writing the goal
- Goal > AoI > Research
*For the future: Careers, Extended essay etc..
- Suggest new perspectives
- Suggestion for others
Bibliography. (as needed)
- Includes all sources
- Using Noodle Tools
- Must have plenty of intext references
- Wide range of sources
Appendices. (as needed)
- Anything you feel will help the reader follow the process easier
- Time lines, statement of intent, key pieces of research
- Refer reader to correct appendix: "I made a timeline (See appendix 6)"
- Contains all evidence
- Contains extracts of the process journal
Criteria A includes the introduction, timelines, goal, AoI & aims. It needs to be very clear that all these things for criteria A are understood.
Criteria B includes the bibliography, referencing and appendices. All information and sorting of information needs to accurate and organised for criteria B.
Criteria C is how, what and why. Techniques that were used and justification is key. I need to prove how my choices were thought out, and how they benefited my project.
Criteria D focuses on reflection in the analysis. Personal response to the AoI and how it altered the project.
Criteria E is about the structure of the project. Page numbers, proof reading and how attractive the project looks. Not just handing it in with a paper clip.
Criteria F if mainly in the conclusion. How I thought about the goal, goal reflection and new perspectives.
Criteria G is assesed by the supervisor. It's based on enthusiasm, effort, passion and the monthly meetings held.
 Mr. Geraets, Second half of the Writing Workshop. November 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
"Hannah was the oldest of the three students riding that afternoon. An exceptionally bright ten-year-old challenged by cerebral palsy, she delighted in Andrea's weekly assignment of creating adventures for the group.
The other two riders in today's class were girls a few years younger than Hannah. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, neither Carney nor Dawn communicated verbally, although Carney was prone to mouth words without making a sound. As a result, and because she was the natural leader of the group, Hannah always led the trio on the trails and was the rider who gave the "walk on" command that our therapeutic riding horses were trained to move forward on. Today, things would be different. 
At the sound of Hannah's voice, Carney looked up and smiled. She and Hannah shared a special bond and it was obvious Carney wanted to please her.
'"I'll help you, Carney. Say 'walk on' with me,"' Hannah continued to encourage. Carney's mouth moved, forming the words, and this time instead of silence came a whispered '"waaak on."'
Stronger and more clearly this time, Carney said "walk on," and just like magic, Fred (her horse) moved forward down the trail. 
Students like Hannah, who have little or no strength or movement in their legs, rely on the horse's handler to control the pace and side walkers to keep them balanced in the saddle. While the program's goal is for students to achieve as much independence in riding as they are safely capable of doing, Hannah had never trotted before.
TK's (her horse) handler gave the command and he easily moved into a slow trot. Her other side walker and I supported Hannah, keeping her in the center of the horse's broad back as we jogged on each side of him... Before we knew it, we were at the bend and TK's handler slowed him with a '"whoa."' TK came to a smooth halt with Hannah in balance and sitting tall. 
Thoughtfully, Carney took the first bill and placed it in Andrea's open hand. Clearly, as if it happened all the time, six-year-old Carney said '"Five."' Everyone remained quiet, not willing to break the spell, as Fred turned his head to look at his tiny rider.
Deliberately, Carney placed the second bill carefully in Andrea's hand, and said '"Ten."' Then the next, '"Fifteen."' And, as she laid the last piece of paper in Andrea's palm, Carney smiled and said, '"Twenty."'
It was over 90 degrees in the shade of those trees, but every person had goose bumps as well as tears in their eyes. Fred broke the spell with another whinny, waiting.
'"Walk on!"' Carney commanded unprompted.
'"Walk on!"' Hannah shouted.
The group moved forward. Quiet and thoughtful during the short walk back to the barn, all of us knew we had just shared an important day in the lives of two little girls. One who trotted her horse for the first time, not once, but twice, and the other who broke through a veil of silence to verbally communicate with confidence and assurance. There was no doubt that I had just witnessed magic. I couldn't wait for next week's adventure." 
 Passage from "The Ultimate Horse Lover" Page: 29. Marty and Mikkel Becker, Audrey Pavia and Gina Spadafori. 2008
 Passage from "The Ultimate Horse Lover" Page: 30. Marty and Mikkel Becker, Audrey Pavia and Gina Spadafori. 2008
 Passage from "The Ultimate Horse Lover" Page: 31. Marty and Mikkel Becker, Audrey Pavia and Gina Spadafori. 2008
 Passage from "The Ultimate Horse Lover" Page: 34. Marty and Mikkel Becker, Audrey Pavia and Gina Spadafori. 2008
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- The write up needs to have everything I understand & what I've learned during the project
- The examiner needs to see that I understand my AoI
- Do NOT call it a Personal Statement or Write-up
- The detailed outline is due by December 4th 2009 to my supervisor
- The outline needs to show where I am going to go with my essay
- Before I start writing, I need to be sure of the criteria
- Enquiry: What effect does the research have? What impact?
- Action: What steps did I take as a result of my research?
- Reflection: What could I have changed? Be honest about any mistakes made
- Fully understand Health & Social education
- Don't use stupid fonts on the title page, table of content, etc...
- Images used should be relevant to the topic and not violate copyright
- Always talk about how the AoI relates to the topic/product
- The introduction should state the goal, and not the process
- Examiners ask for more emphasis on the goal
- The introduction is marked on Criteria A and tells the reader weather or not the essay is going to be good
I have thought hard about making a goal for myself. The goal given us today at the workshop was to get a 7 on the project. I have set my goal one point higher, at an 8. I think that I will be able to reach my goal as long as I stick to my timeline and use my time very wisely.
I called the Hippotherapie Zentrum again today. The seceratary didn't ever send me the list of therapists. I asked them if they could kindly send it as soon as possible. It's very important that I get to observe a couple sessions before the Winter break. What I learn from the therapists and patients are a massive and extremely important aspect of my essay. I think that having a thorough understanding and experience about hippotherapie will set me apart from all the other projects.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
She told me that the centre provides horses and arenas for different therapists during the week and that I had to get permission from the therapist and patient/ guardian/ parent before sitting in to observe the session. Tomorrow she is sending me a detailed list of the names of the therapists, times of their sessions and what 'practice' they belong to. I plan on picking some times that are good for me and contacting the therapist to see if I'm able to attend their session. I hope to get three times during a week to watch and learn as much as I can in the given time. Hopefully the therapists speak English or French, that would make my life much easier.
What is hippotherapy?
"Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. It has been practiced in North America for more than 30 years and is practiced in many countries throughout the world." 
What hippotherapy does.
"Physically, hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function. Hippotherapy may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions for clients of all ages. Clients who may benefit from hippotherapy can have a variety of diagnoses: examples include Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Autism and Learning or Language Disabilities. However, hippotherapy is not for every client. Each potential client must be evaluated on an individual basis by specially trained health professionals." 
"When certified by the American Hippotherapy Certification Board the therapist is a hippotherapy clinical specialist. " 
Requirements to get a Certififation.
(In the United States)
1. Currently licensed or certified to practice as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech and language pathologist in the United States or the equivalent in other countries.
2. At least three years of full time or the equivalent (6,000 hours) experience in the practice of physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech and language pathology.
3. A minimum of 100 hours of one-on-one direct treatment in clinical practice using hippotherapy within the three years prior to certification application deadline. Please note that
treatment experience that is part of an educational course or mentoring process does not qualify for this eligibility requirement.
4. Experienced and comfortable working with horses. Independent skilled riding ability.
5. Completion and filing of Application for the Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist Certification Examination.
6. Payment of required fees. 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"Derived from the word "hippos', the Greek word for horse, the term "hippotherapy" literally means treatment or therapy aided by a horse. The concept of hippotherapy finds its earliest recorded mention in the ancient Greek writings of Hippocrates. However, hippotherapy as a formalized discipline was not developed until the 1960s, when it began to be used in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as an adjunct to traditional physical therapy."
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
December 26th 2009 is now when I plan on starting to write my draft essay. On December 25th we have an essay writing workshop, so I plan to start writing just after.
I did my presentation about my personal project in Life Skills today. I was asked why they used hippos to help the patients. For the millionth time, I explained that 'hippo' is the Greek word for horse. A translation of hippotherapy is literally 'horse therapy' or 'therapy that uses horses.'
Monday, November 16, 2009
Summary of the Meeting
Some important things my supervisor and I talked about:
- How long Hippotherapy has been around for.
- Why hippo? (Hippo is Greek for Horse)
- Is Therapeutic horseback riding a recognized form of treatment?
- Does insurance cover the cost?
- Getting in touch with centres to volunteer at.
- Having time to make a product for the exhibition in January.
-Finish research this week.
-Have my plan done by the end of November.
-Detailed outline done by December 7th 2009, starting to write the draft.
-Draft handed into Mr. Geraets just before ski camp, January 5th 2010.
-Changes made after ski camp, January 10th 2010.
-Good copy of the essay &possibly the product finished, January 17th 2010.
-Project Exhibition evening, January 19th 2010.
-Final date for submission of completed project and process journal, January 25th 2010.
-Internal Moderation of project and interviews, February 11-19th 2010.
 Mr. Geraets, Monday November 16th, 2009. During our meeting.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
& Stiftung Hippotherapie Zentrum:
They are all accessible by tram and bus. I have already contacted Sonnenhof and they didn't need volunteers for their program. I will hopefully be meeting the owners of
Stiftung Hippotherapie this week, as I know they speak English. I have not contacted Sonnhalde yet, but will be sending them an e-mail in the next few days.
If none of the centres need a volunteer, then I will simply ask if I will be able to 'sit in on' a few of their therapy sessions. I really hope that I will be able to volunteer!
Monday, November 9, 2009
I've decided to say that my AoI is Health & Social, and that I'm investigating how Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Hippotherapy can help disabled children and adults. During my planning I hope to volunteer at a centre for Hippotherapy, which will hopefully enable me to gather many amazing experiences.
On a completely random note, I've had a lot of questions about what 'hippo' means in the word hippotherapy. Hippos is the Greek word for horse, so a translation of hippotherapy would be horse therapy. It is not hippo-therapy. In essence, it's the exact same thing, but hippotherapy sounds more intellectual.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sources so far.
-I did manage to find some good information on search.ebscohost.com. Really good articles with people's stories in them
-The Ultimate Horse Lover written by Marty& Mikkel Becker, Audrey Pavia & Gina Spadafor has a really good story in it called 'Worth A Queen's Ransom' along with great general information about horses
-On the NARHA website I found some great information about the history of E.A.T.
-On headsuptrp.org I found a detailed list of the differences/ similarities between Hippo & general therapeutic riding
-A study done by Washington U about Hippotherapy at horsestohumans.org
-Autistic specific therapy at equine-therapy-programs.com
-Disabled specific therapy at equine-therapy-programs.com
Hopefully sometime next week I will be meeting with the owners of Hippotherapie Zentrum. I'm going to ask if I can volunteer with their therapy program as a side walker/ leader or just help around the barn with grooming and turning-out.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Health and Social Education-
Related to issues involving physical and mental health and relationships with others.
She told us that the one thing she wants us to take out of the work shop was that if we
"Treat our Area of Interaction superficially then we will not do well."
After asking Mr. Geraets what my essay requires, that the original MYP Personal Project doesn't, the goal of my essay was more clear. Here is what I have written down;
Essay is About:
-Reflecting on the environment that is created,
*which leads to the therapeutic atmosphere*
In the introduction, I need to Reflect on:
-Myself and others
-Understanding myself and others
Self esteem, growing up
-Looking after myself and others
Disease prevention, control
-Myself and wider society
-Looking at myself and others
-Understanding myself and others
Needs & wants, self control
Some of these points will be mentioned in my introduction as well as my AoI
Getting to the point.
Since I have a limit of 2500 words, I need to get to the point of my essay in the introduction. I will launch right into my essay by explaining my AoI and how Therapeutic riding can help disabled children and adults.
Some good questions to answer in the beginning:
-What environment is needed?
-Training/ Certification of instructors, horses and volunteers
-A short history of Hippotherapy & Therapeutic riding
I have also decided to include a mini-product if time permits...
It will be a scrap book that shows the horses used, children who participate, instructors, then environment created and anything else that is needed/ used to create the Therapeutic atmosphere. The scrap book will show the important aspects of a Hippotherapy centre and the people and equines that make it happen.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
My topic is to explore Health & Social Education through investigating how therapeutic horseback riding can benefit disabled children and adults. My supervisor is Mr. Geraets.
This is what I have written out/ Brainstormed so far;
What do I know already?
-Therapeutic riding is used all over the world
-Hippotherapy was developed in Germany & Switzerland
-Therapeutic riding helps kids & adults with mental, physical and emotional disabilities
-Special horses are selected for their temperament and personality
-Warm-bloods are normally better for the therapeutic role
-The gait of a horse is similar to the motion of walking
-Hippotherapy focuses on teaching children with primarily autism how to establish relationships & communicate in a respectful way. ie. keeping comfortable distance & giving the horse his space
-Get in touch with a therapeutic riding center
-Find out about volunteering opportunities
-Look for books in the library about my topic
-Goal to start writing the rough essay by November 12th 2009
-Make a mini-product (Scrap book)
-Search the different methods of using the horse (E.A.T)
-History of Hippotherapy & Therapeutic riding etc....
-Paralympic Team stories
-List of International Therapeutic Associations (North American...)
-Stories in the Ultimate Horse Lover & Chicken Soup Books
-Volunteer at a Center to gain experiences and knowledge.
Goals for my Assignment.
-Finish all research by November 10th 2009
-Start the essay by November 12th 2009
-Meet with my supervisor at least once a month
-Have everything handed in by January 20th 2010
-Final mark of 7, or higher
-Learn about Hippotherapy & how it works
-Gain many experiences through volunteering
Keywords and Critical Questions.
-Equine Assisted Therapy (E.A.T.)
-Where were horses first used as tools for physio?
-Who first came up with the idea?
-What makes this kind of therapy so great?
-When was this therapy developed?
-How, on a physical, emotional and mental level does this kind of therapy help the patient?