numbersloth

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I'd be volunteering with children with developmental disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, etc. at a therapeutic riding center. I'd be directly aiding them brush horses and ride. Would this count as clinical volunteering?
 

Goro

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I'd be volunteering with children with developmental disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, etc. at a therapeutic riding center. I'd be directly aiding them brush horses and ride. Would this count as clinical volunteering?
YES!!!
 
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Lannister

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My sibling participated in a program like this (as one of the kids, not as a volunteer), and she loved it. Definitely do it! I think this would really stand out on an application.
 

LizzyM

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Non-clinical volunteering. They are not patients, they don't have medical records at the facility, they don't have doctor's orders for this activity (whereas folks in a rehab facility or hospital have doctor's orders to get out of bed, participate in activities, eat a specific type of diet, etc).

Is babysitting "clinical" if the child has a chronic condition or is developmentally disabled? Is coaching baseball "clinical" if one of the players has asthma or diabetes?

That said, non-clinical volunteering with people who are unable to help themselves, is a good use of your time.
 
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I did this for years and got very involved. I would not count this as clinical volunteering. Everyone always asked about this so it was really a big talking point. But you aren't really doing anything clinical.
 

hawkesome

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If it is hippotherapy and you are working with therapists, then yes put as clinical volunteering. If it's therapeutic riding, it's non-clinical.


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