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ERIC Number: EJ1154502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Autism and Equine-Assisted Interventions: A Systematic Mapping Review
McDaniel Peters, B. Caitlin; Wood, Wendy
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n10 p3220-3242 Oct 2017
This systematic mapping review mapped current knowledge of equine-assisted interventions for people with autism to help guide future practice and research. Thirty-three studies including children and adolescents with autism, 3 of which confirmed diagnoses, were reviewed. Five types of equine-assisted activities were identified across 25 studies, with reported improvements in behavior, social interaction, and communication. Four types of equine-assisted therapies were identified across 8 studies, with reported improvements in motor control and self-care. Different approaches to therapeutic riding and hippotherapy, the most studied interventions, were evident. While this literature reflected early scientific development, it offered broad proof of concept that equine-assisted interventions can benefit children and adolescents with autism. Promising outcomes support continued investigation focused on standardization, appropriateness, and efficacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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