The Effects of Therapeutic Horseback Riding with Autistic Children
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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