Perspectives on Perceived Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Youth with Autism

This exploratory study aims to describe the perceived benefits of therapeutic horseback riding for youth with Autism, comparing and contrasting the experience from the youth and parent perspective. In particular, emphasis is given to assessing the impact on quality of life and subsequent increase in community participation in inclusive leisure and recreation activities. 1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of therapeutic horseback riding, and specifically Equine Assisted Therapy. 2. Participants will learn how youth with Autism describe their experiences with Equine Assisted Therapy. 3. Participants will understand how Equine Assisted Therapy was helpful to youth with Autism in achieving their physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy goals. 4. Participants will learn about parent and youth perspectives of the impact on overall quality of life as a result of participation in therapeutic horseback riding; and will identify the similarities and differences between perspectives of the parent/child dyad. 5. Participants will be able to summarize the overall level satisfaction with Equine Assisted Therapy as reported by study participants.

  • DAY 1. The Thursday Poster Presentation SessionThursday, December 4, 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Grand Ballroom North B (Set Up will be 1:30 to 4:30 PM)
  • DAY 2. The Small meeting sessionsFriday, December 5, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Mtg Planner Office A
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