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Jackson-Maldonado, Donna – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2021
Hippotherapy uses the horse's movement to enhance motor coordination, sensory integration, communication, and emotional stability in people with different disabilities. There is a need for evidence that proves increased efficiency in language use. In this study, we analyze the effect of hippotherapy on the communicative abilities of children with…
Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Animals, Intervention, Psychomotor Skills
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Rigby, Brandon Rhett; Gloeckner, Adam Robert; Sessums, Suzanne; Lanning, Beth Anne; Grandjean, Peter Walter – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to characterize pelvic displacement and cardiorespiratory responses to simulated horseback riding and walking in youth with cerebral palsy and to compare responses to youth without cerebral palsy before and after 8 weeks of hippotherapy. Method: Eight youth with cerebral palsy (M[subscript age] = 10 ± 4…
Descriptors: Biomechanics, Human Body, Metabolism, Responses
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Mitchell-Cannone, Anna; Gladfelter, Allison – EBP Briefs (Evidence-based Practice Briefs), 2020
Clinical Question: In adolescents, does incorporating hippotherapy with speech-language intervention improve speech- and language-based outcomes more than traditional therapy alone? Method: Systematic Review Study Sources: CINAHL, PubMed, PsycINFO, ERIC, ASHA Search Terms: communication disorders OR speech therapy OR speech pathology OR speech…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Therapy, Intervention, Speech Language Pathology
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Giagazoglou, Paraskevi; Arabatzi, Fotini; Dipla, Konstantina; Liga, Maria; Kellis, Eleftherios – Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2012
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of a hippotherapy program on static balance and strength in adolescents with intellectual disability (ID). Nineteen adolescents with moderate ID were assigned either an experimental group (n = 10) or a control group (n = 9). The experimental group attended a 10-week hippotherapy program. To assess…
Descriptors: Horses, Therapy, Intervention, Outcomes of Treatment
Apel, Laura, Comp. – Exceptional Parent, 2007
Horses have always been appreciated by humans for their strength, beauty, and gentle demeanor. Children, especially, have gravitated toward them and many experience their first horseback riding lesson at a young age. However, horses can play a very different role in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Hippotherapy is physical,…
Descriptors: Therapy, Recreational Activities, Horses, Disabilities
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Shurtleff, Tim L.; Engsberg, Jack R. – Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 2010
Hippotherapy (HPOT) is a therapy that uses horse movement. This pilot investigation objectively evaluated the efficacy of HPOT in improving head/trunk stability in children with cerebral palsy (CP). The participants were six children with spastic diplegia and six children without disability. Head and trunk stability was challenged by using a…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Intervention, Translation, Testing
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Whalen, Cara N.; Case-Smith, Jane – Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 2012
Purpose: This systematic review examined the efficacy of hippotherapy or therapeutic horseback riding (THR) on motor outcomes in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods: Databases were searched for clinical trials of hippotherapy or THR for children with CP. Results: Nine articles were included in this review. Although the current level of…
Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Cerebral Palsy, Motor Development, Horses
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Ma, Ying; Wang, Li; Li, Miao; Wang, Tingzhao – Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 2020
Background: Although children with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at greater risk of falls from poorer balance ability than typically developing children, reliable information about which types of physical intervention are most effective is scarce. Objective: A meta-analysis was used to examine the most effective programs on balance ability in…
Descriptors: Exercise, Psychomotor Skills, Children, Intellectual Disability
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McDaniel Peters, B. Caitlin; Wood, Wendy – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 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,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Horses, Therapy, Autism
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Macauly, Beth L.; Gutierrez, Karla M. – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2004
This study examined the effectiveness of hippotherapy versus traditional therapy for children with language-learning disabilities. Three boys, ages 9, 10, and 12 years, and their parents independently completed a satisfaction questionnaire at the end of traditional therapy (T1) and again at the end of hippotherapy (T2). A comparison of the…
Descriptors: Therapy, Language Impairments, Children
Hyatt, Sarah – Exceptional Parent, 2009
The benefits of therapeutic riding and hippotherapy can be numerous and long lasting for children and adults with special needs. The connection that a child or adult with disabilities can make with a horse is evident in therapeutic riding programs all over the country. In this article, the author, who is the Equestrian Center Director at Heartland…
Descriptors: Human Body, Horses, Therapy, Disabilities
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Lehrman, Jennifer; Ross, David B. – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2001
A 9-year-old with multiple disabilities and visual impairments was the focus of a 10-week developmental therapeutic riding program incorporating hippotherapy. The program has led to increased mobility, an increase in visual attention span and fixation time, signs of greater verbal communication, and the acquisition of new functional signs.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Children, Horseback Riding, Horses
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Liptak, Gregory S. – Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 2005
The optimal practice of medicine includes integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available clinical evidence from systematic research. This article reviews nine treatment modalities used for children who have cerebral palsy (CP), including hyperbaric oxygen, the Adeli Suit, patterning, electrical stimulation, conductive education,…
Descriptors: College Students, Cerebral Palsy, Therapy, Medical Services