Monday, August 17, 2009

Therapuetic Horseback Riding and Children with Autism

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research on the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on children with autism. A 12 week intervention of therapeutic horseback riding for 19 children with autism resulted in less inattention, distractibility and sedentary behavior. In addition, the children displayed increased social motivation, sensory seeking behaviors and greater sensory sensitivities.

Reference: Margaret M. Bass, Catherine A. Duchown and Maria M. Llabre (2009) The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Social Functioning in Children with Autism Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Volume 39 (9):1261-1267.

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