The Effects of Therapeutic Horseback Riding with Autistic Children

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ProQuest, 2007 - 87 pages
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This study examined the effects of therapeutic horseback riding with children who were diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The study was quantitative in nature and used a quasi-experimental pretest posttest design to measure behavior differences in Autistic children after six sessions of therapeutic horseback riding. The measures included the Social Communication Questionnaire, Child Behavior Checklist, Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale, and Child Response Questionnaire. The results of the Social Communication Questionnaire indicated that the treatment resulted in a significant decrease of abnormal behaviors, however there were no significant decreases of abnormal behaviors as measured by the Child Behavior Checklist. The effects of the treatment on self-esteem were mixed, and the results of the Child Response Questionnaire suggested that children were satisfied with therapeutic horseback riding. The study concludes with a discussion on the limitations, and suggestions for future research.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
LITERATURE REVIEW
15
Animal Assisted Therapy
24
METHODOLOGY
38
RESULTS AND ANALYSIS
50
DISCUSSION
62
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