Evaluation of an equine therapy program in students with Autism spectrum disorder

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Title: Evaluation of an equine therapy program in students with Autism spectrum disorder
Authors: Portela-Pino, Iago | Bouzo-Gónzalez, Sonia | Pino-Juste, Margarita
Keywords: Therapeutic horseback riding | Autism | Psychomotricity | Social skills | Qualitative study
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Área de Educación Física y Deporte
Citation: Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 2020, 15(4), in press. doi:10.14198/jhse.2020.154.06
Abstract: Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) has the main objective of using horseback riding as a tool in a therapeutic process to improve, among other facets, motor skills and postural control and even psychological well-being. The purpose of this research was to determine if equinetherapy (horseback riding with a therapeutic aim) favours the motor, communication and social development in subjects with ASD. A case study was performed with 5 subjects between 8 and 31 years. The program was carried out over 32 sessions of 60 minutes each, a day a week. The recording techniques were a questionnaire, observation and a field diary. Among the most salient results, we point out improvements in balance, posture, fine and gross motricity, and an optimal muscle relaxation that gradually leads to a removal of stereotypies. Regarding the aspect of social communication, a major improvement in non-verbal communication, and new bonding of friendship, love and respect for animals. This study is a contribution to the scientific evaluation of equine therapy as an effective treatment in persons with ASD.
URI: https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2020.154.06 | http://hdl.handle.net/10045/98410
ISSN: 1988-5202
DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2020.154.06
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Licencia Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://www.jhse.ua.es/
Appears in Collections:Revistas - Journal of Human Sport and Exercise - 2020, Vol. 15, No. 4, In Press

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