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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 9/2009

01-09-2009 | Original Paper

The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Social Functioning in Children with Autism

Auteurs: Margaret M. Bass, Catherine A. Duchowny, Maria M. Llabre

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 9/2009

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Abstract

This study evaluated the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning in children with autism. We hypothesized that participants in the experimental condition (n = 19), compared to those on the wait-list control (n = 15), would demonstrate significant improvement in social functioning following a 12-weeks horseback riding intervention. Autistic children exposed to therapeutic horseback riding exhibited greater sensory seeking, sensory sensitivity, social motivation, and less inattention, distractibility, and sedentary behaviors. The results provide evidence that therapeutic horseback riding may be a viable therapeutic option in treating children with autism spectrum disorders.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Social Functioning in Children with Autism
Auteurs
Margaret M. Bass
Catherine A. Duchowny
Maria M. Llabre
Publicatiedatum
01-09-2009
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 9/2009
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-009-0734-3