National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

NCEFT is a non-profit, California 501(c)(3) corporation that improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing equine-assisted therapy and equine assisted activities and promoting research and education in the field of hippotherapy.

The NCEFT facility includes a fully restored 1920 dairy barn with additional paddocks to accommodate over 50 horses.  Two arenas with state-of-the-art footing and an Outpatient  Physical and Occupational Therapy Clinic supports year-round programs.

A Social Skills program is offered for children ages 3-7 including children with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, SPD, and other undiagnosed social communicative difficulties. The Social Skills Playgroup is presented by Lexi Parker, NCEFT licensed Occupational Therapist, and will utilize the Sensitive Solutions children’s book series curriculum.

Activities will include sensory play, art projects, and animal interactions (of course!). Goals of the program include improving:

  • Verbal negotiation
  • Emotional regulation
  • Empathy

The program runs for 10-week sessions and takes place on Wednesday afternoons. If you would like to sign-up or have any questions regarding this great new program please call NCEFT at (650) 851-2271.

Differences in Therapy: PT, OT, and Speech

Physical Therapy (PT): Physical therapists address gross motor ability by incorporating motor tasks during therapy sessions to achieve functional outcomes in areas such as sitting independently, standing and walking.


Join us for a week of old-fashioned, summer camp, and barn fun. Happy Trails Camp is an outdoor summer day camp for kids of all abilities, aged 6 & up. We welcome NCEFT patients** with disabilities as well as their siblings (with or without disabilities). Together they will explore the great outdoors; take daily ATV rides; discover the joys of dogs, donkeys, chickens, and horses; get creative with arts and crafts; and maybe even get a little wet with drippy popsicles and water balloons. The week culminates with a ride on NCEFT’s therapy horses on Friday. All campers will be partnered with a “Buddy” young adult counselor, providing a uniquely personal camp experience with plenty of supervision and fun.

Occupational Therapy (OT): Occupational therapists incorporate fine motor tasks and sensory integration strategies to improve feeding, attentional and daily living skills.

Speech-Language Therapy: Speech-language pathologists use equine movement to address the physiological systems supporting speech and language, promoting functional communication and correcting communication disorders.

880 Runnymede Road
94062 Woodside , CA
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