RIABILITAZIONE EQUESTRE E COMUNICAZIONE SOCIALE NEI BAMBINI AUTISTICI: UN INTERESSANTE ARTICOLO

RIABILITAZIONE EQUESTRE E COMUNICAZIONE SOCIALE NEI BAMBINI AUTISTICI: UN INTERESSANTE ARTICOLO

The Association Between Therapeutic Horseback Riding and the Social Communication and Sensory Reactions of Children
with Autism
Sandra C.  Ward • Kelly Whalon • Katrina Rusnak •
Kimberly Wendell • Nancy Paschall
Published online: 1 February 2013
 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
Abstract 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.

S. C. Ward (&)  K.


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