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Effects of therapeutic horse riding on gait cycle parameters and some aspects of behavior of children with autism

By H. Steiner, Z. Kertesz

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We studied effects of therapeutic riding on the development of children with autism. Experiments in walking is appropriate for assessing the coordination of movement and for following the changes. We found that therapeutic riding should be considered as a new form of rehabilitation. Twenty-six pupils (12 boys and 14 girls) of a special needs school participated in therapeutic riding. We analyzed walking twice during a school-term: full body analyses each time before and after one-month therapy. The research included a non-riding control group. All together 104 analyses were performed. We measured mental skills using Pedagogical Analysis and Curriculum (PAC) test consisting of four parts being communication, self care, motor skills and socialization. The Gait Cycle Analysis consists of the time-series analysis, the analysis of part of the gait cycle and the measurement of joint angles in each plane. We found significant differences between before and after the therapy in the length of the gait cycle that became more stable in the sagital plane and concluded that our results proved that horse therapy may be successfully used as an additional therapy for children with autism, and it may be a form of rehabilitation in cases when other therapies are not successful.

Date 2015
Publication Title Acta Physiol Hung
Volume 102
Issue 3
Pages 324-35
ISBN/ISSN 0231-424X (Print)0231-424x
DOI 10.1556/036.102.2015.3.10
Language English
Author Address Department of Control Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology and Economics , Budapest , Hungary.
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Activity
  2. Adolescents
  3. Age
  4. Autism
  5. Biomechanics
  6. Child behavior
  7. Children
  8. Communication
  9. Females
  10. Gait
  11. Hippotherapy
  12. Humans
  13. Hungary
  14. Males
  15. motor skills
  16. open access
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Physical Examinations
  19. Self Care
  20. Socialization
  21. time
  22. Treatment outcomes
  23. Walking
  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed