Cheyenne is a happy 9 year old 3rd grader in online school. She loves animals and regularly volunteers at our local humane society. A year and a half ago Cheyenne was diagnosed with two physical medical conditions- femoral anteversion and iselin's disease. These two conditions have greatly affected her coordination, confidence, ability to do basic skills such as running, walking, riding a bicycle, and more. Cheyenne also suffers from an unspecified neuro-cognitive disorder (currently undergoing expensive testing), in addition to dyslexia, dyscalculia, and attention deficit disorder. She also suffers from excessive fear issues as her two brothers passed away several years ago from complications with TTTS and in the NICU.
As her loving and dedicated parents, we want her to have the best, and most normal, life possible and want her to be able to grasp every opportunity. Her treatment plan consists of equestrian therapy, cheerleading/gymnastics classes, and bi-monthly meetings with a specialist who deals specifically with neuro-cognitive disorders and learning disabilities.
Equestrian therapy helps with several of her medical problems. Femoral anteversion affects posture and flexibility in the hips turning out and the riding position stresses perfect posture and turns the hips outward. She is working specific muscles that are important for her improvement. In addition, many activities are done while on the horse with guidance of the hippotherapist, including working with numbers and words, direction changes, confidence boosters, and self-esteem building.
Cheerleading and gymnastics classes are a form of kinetic activity that works all of the muscles in the body. They have improved her coordination immensely and studies show that children learn cognitive skills more effectively in an environment that includes the body as well as the mind. Various stretches and conditioning exercises have also increased the flexibility and reinforce proper leg and hip positions to eventually assist in correcting her hip anteversion. Cheerleading teaches coordination through cheers, dancing and stunt sequences. Coordination, or the ability to move your body through a sequence of motions, is essential for the timing and rhythm involved with cheerleading.
Unfortunately insurance does NOT cover Equestrian Therapy or Activities for Theraputic Purposes such as cheerleading and gymnastics. My daughter loves these programs and in order for her to continue, we are reaching out through fundraising efforts to help make this possible. With mounting medical bills on a meager salary, it will not continue to be possible without some financial assistance.We appreciate you taking time to visit our fundraising page and appreciate any amount you can contribute towards our daughter's therapy and to help support her love for horses and cheerleading.