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ERIC Number: EJ1037977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Association between Therapeutic Horseback Riding and the Social Communication and Sensory Reactions of Children with Autism
Ward, Sandra C.; Whalon, Kelly; Rusnak, Katrina; Wendell, Kimberly; Paschall, Nancy
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n9 p2190-2198 Sep 2013
This study investigated the association between therapeutic riding (TR) and the social communication and sensory processing skills of 21 elementary students with autism attending TR as part of a school group. An interrupted treatment design was employed to determine whether children were able to maintain treatment effects following the removal of TR. Teacher ratings indicated that participating children with autism significantly increased their social interaction, improved their sensory processing, and decreased the severity of symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders following TR. Gains were not maintained consistently after two 6-week breaks from TR, but were recovered once TR was reinstated. Potential explanations regarding the benefits of TR are discussed, and suggestions for future research provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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