therapeutic riding

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Therapeutic riding has also been shown to improve the behavioral patterns of a child with autism. Smith says some behavioral patterns are inability to relate to other, sensory of processing deficits, cognitive deficits, self-stimulation, resistance to change, and challenging behaviors(Smith…). Scott lists multi-tasking as one of the skills that is improved with riding. “Multi-tasking-Simultaneously, a rider holds the reins in the correct position; squeezes with his legs; sits erect; listens to and follows directions from the instructor; and watches the horse in from of him lest his mount get to close” (13 scott). This skill of multi-tasking can be carried over to the classroom because a child has to be able to do multiple actions at a time. For example listen to the teacher while following their directions or taking notes, as well as not getting distracted by other students. Sequencing tasks is another skill that Scott recognizes improves with therapeutic riding. “A single chore(stopping a horse) for someone with impaired skills can be a series of steps, each done one at a time. Learning to put the steps together in the right order, which often doesn’t come naturally, can be helpful in daily life” (13 cognitive scott). Following sequential steps is crucial for a child to be able to perform in a classroom because a teacher will give a series of directions and they have to be able to follow it. A teacher may say hang up your coats, sit down at your desk and get out your writing assignment to work on. A child has to be able to follow those directions to be able to learn when needs to be learned. If the teacher has to take time to redirect or remind a child the series of directions this takes away from learning a subject. Another sk...

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...positive effects on self-esteem. Therapeutic riding should be offered to more children with autism because not only does it increase their self-esteem, it also improves skills that are important to them succeeding in the classroom.

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Therapeutic Riding: its benefits, professions, and divisions Barbara Engel

Scott, Naomi…Special Needs, Special Horses: A guide to the Benefits of Therapeutic Riding -list

Ward, Sandra…The Association between Therapeutic Horseback Riding and the Social Communication and Sensory Reactions of Children with Autism

Gabriels, Robin…. Pilot Study measuring the effects of Therapeutic horseback riding on school-age children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

Theraputic horseback riding and behavior change in children with autism…Tolson, Sharon

Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings…Smith
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