The therapeutic effects of horseback riding for an autistic child and his skills acquisition Process : A case report on a boy Chihiro Miwa 1 , Tamaki Sugiura 2 , Hiroomi Keino 3 , Hiromi Keino 4 1Nagoya University School of Health Sciences 2Kyogamine Okada Hospital 3NPO Shinonogi Lemon Club; The Riding Club for Handicapped and Disabled 4Institute for Development Research Aich Human Service Center Keyword: (障害者乗馬) , 自閉症 , 作業活動 , 遊び , Horseback riding for persons with disabilities , Autism , Therapeutic activity , Play pp.262-268
Published Date 2005/6/15
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 The purpose of this study was to estimate therapeutic and learning effects of horseback riding for autistic children. The authors evaluated the effects of mental activity, motivation, and learning process in an 11-year-old boy with autism using three tools ; the scale for evaluating the effect of human-equips-interaction on mental activity (HEIM) scale I the Pediatric Volitional Questionnaire (PVQ), and the learning level of horseback riding during horseback riding experience over an 8-month period experience. In addition to these, his mother was asked about the changes in the boy's life. The mental activity, motivation, and learning level showed improvement after this program. These results implied that horseback riding for the autistic child had therapeutic effects—physically, mentally, and emotionally. We consider horseback riding useful as an activity in occupational therapy.

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