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Subject/Keyword
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Hippotherapy
Motivation
Engagement
Social Interaction
Social Communication
ASD
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Llambias, Cecilia
Supervisor and department
Magill-Evans, Joyce (Occupational Therapy)
Examining committee member and department
Warren, Sharon (Rehabilitation Medicine)
Smith, Veronica (Educational Psychology)
Department
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Specialization
Rehabilitation Science - Occupational Therapy
Date accepted
2013-08-30T10:34:39Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Engagement in purposeful activities is essential for development and is difficult for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who also have impairments of social interaction and communication. In hippotherapy, riding and other horse related activities can be used to promote children’s engagement and communication skills. A multiple baseline design across eight children ages 4 to 7 years was used to assess the effects of hippotherapy. Intervention effects were strong for 7 children’s engagement and 4 children’s responses to requests (responsivity). Limited effects were found for expressive communication. Parent and teacher reports pre- and post- intervention indicated positive changes. Hippotherapy may be a valuable addition to conventional treatments to increase engagement for children with ASD. Factors related to the environment, therapeutic strategies, and participants must be considered. The study’s results will assist clinicians and parents of children with ASD in making decisions about the use of hippotherapy, an alternative therapy approach.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3FJ29Q28
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