Date of Award

8-2018

Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.

Department

Special Education

College

School of Education

First Advisor

Bradley Kaffar

Second Advisor

Marc Markell

Third Advisor

William Lepkowski

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

hippotherapy, disability, children, horse, therapy

Abstract

Hippotherapy is a great choice of treatment for children with physical disabilities. It can improve gross motor function, balance, spasticity, posture, and gait, as reviewed in this paper. It can also have benefits for many other areas in the child’s life, physically or mentally. This form of therapy may be so effective because children often are able to connect to animals and it is fun to ride a horse; they may be more motivated in doing the therapy activities than with a traditional form of treatment.

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