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Two studies find that, for children with autism, therapeutic horseback riding results in “calmer behavior, improved relationships with others and greater engagement in learning.”
One study, which researched 21 children with autism, was conducted by Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center and the College of William and Mary School of Education. The results, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
, indicate that the benefits of riding extend into the classroom, where children who ride regularly achieve greater success.
Another study of 42 kids with autism ages six to 16 also determines that those who participate in equine therapy benefit from improved behavior. Researchers surmise that the benefits of horse therapy may have to do with the calming rhythm of a horse’s motion.
Learn more about the benefits of horse therapy for kids on the spectrum. Read “Horses Soothe Kids With Autism”
and “Autism Study at Dream Catchers Published in National Journal.”
Also check out our free resource, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Supportive Strategies for Crisis Prevention.