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  1. Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center

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    We are a nonprofit Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center.   Our center is affiliated with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, (PATH International).   Our center offers a year-round therapeutic recreational horseback-riding program for special needs children and...

  2. Happy Trails Therapeutic Horsemanship

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    Happy Trails Riding Academy is a PATH International premier accredited center which enriches the lives of children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities through equine facilitated therapy. Therapeutic horsemanship has been proven to provide a unique opportunity for...

  3. Freedom in Motion Riding Center

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    Established in 1996, Freedom in Motion Riding Center has twenty years experience in providing adaptive riding lessons. We specialize in early development and children with autism. Our remarkable horses and  volunteers are what make our center one of the most popular around...

  4. Companion animals and human health: benefits, challenges, and the road ahead for human-animal interaction

    | Contributor(s):: Friedman, E., Krause-Parello, C. A.

  5. Long-Term Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Robin L Gabriels, Zhaoxing Pan, Noemie A Guerin, Briar Dechant, Gary Mesibov

    This paper presents 6-month follow-up data of 44% (N = 64/116) of participants (ages 6–16 years) with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, who participated in a previously-published randomized controlled trial of therapeutic horseback riding (THR) compared to a no-horse contact...

  6. Editorial: Children and Companion Animals: Psychosocial, Medical and Neurobiological Implications

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrea Beetz, lynette arnason hart, Brinda Inida Jegatheesan, Naoko Koda

    This Research Topic presents experiences with companion animals provided to children in varied settings. Methods include monitoring of the ongoing interaction of children with companion animals, or conducting interviews or surveys, as well as experimental interventions where changes occurring...

  7. Animal-assisted therapy—Novi trend u liječenju osoba s psihičkim i intelektualnim smetnjama

    | Contributor(s):: N. Prosinečki

  8. Social-emotional adjustment and pet ownership among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Amanda Ward, Nicole Arola, Amy Bohnert, Rebecca Lieb

    Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often experience poor social-emotional adjustment and interactions with peers, but taking care of a family pet may serve as a buffer. This study utilized 81 parent-adolescent dyads to examine how dimensions of pet ownership (responsibility,...

  9. Therapeutic horseback riding crossover effects of attachment behaviors with family pets in a sample of children with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Petty, J. D., Pan, ZhaoXing

    The unique needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have implications for animal welfare. This nested pilot study examined the effects of a randomized trial of 10-week therapeutic horseback riding (THR) intervention versus a no-horse barn activity (BA) control group on...

  10. Autism and Equine-Assisted Interventions: A Systematic Mapping Review

    | Contributor(s):: McDaniel Peters, B. C., Wood, W.

  11. The Impact of a Horse Riding Intervention on the Social Functioning of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Harris, A., Williams, J. M.

  12. Attitudes to and beliefs about animal assisted therapy for children with disabilities

    | Contributor(s):: Yap, E.

  13. Affectionate Interactions of Cats with Children Having Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: lynette arnason hart, abigail p thigpen, Neil H Willits, Leslie A. Lyons, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Benjamin L Hart

    Mental and physical benefits of dogs have been reported for adults and children with special needs, but less is known about benefits of cats for children. A cat that can be held by a child could provide important therapeutic companionship for children with severe or less severe autism spectrum...

  14. Mira

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    Founded in 1981, Mira is a non-profit organization that offers free guide dogs and service dogs to people living with visual impairments and physical disabilities and to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  15. Equ-Librium

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    Founded in 2001 and located on an 18+ acre farm in Nazareth, PA, Equi-librium provides individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, as well as social/emotional needs, with accessible and affordable therapy by utilizing horses as therapy tools. Equine Assisted Activity & Therapy...

  16. Stonybrook Farm

    Storybook Farm is a magical nonprofit ministry where courageous children faced with a variety of physical, emotional, social and cognitive challenges embrace and celebrate life!Storybook Farm’s mission is to walk alongside children with uncertain futures and provide them with...

  17. Child-Canine Bonding in Children with ASD: Findings Within and Across Case Studies

    | Contributor(s):: Kathryn Struik, John-Tyler Binfet

     The demand for support for families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to grow, and one increasingly popular avenue of support is the use of companion canines. Parents searching for service canines trained to work with children with ASD, however, face formidable...

  18. The effects of hippotherapy in children and adolescents with autism : a systematic review

    | Contributor(s):: Emily Layne Ybarbo

    The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effectiveness of hippotherapy, also known as horse- or equine-assisted therapy, for improving the socialization and communication behaviors of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The PubMed research database was...

  19. Westonwood Ranch

    | Contributor(s):: Lindy Wood

    Westonwood Ranch will offer a unique learning curriculum to improve life skills and vocational skills to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Program participants will have the opportunity to engage in a vast variety of skill sets and activities. Similar to a “college...

  20. Autism Anchoring Dogs

    Our service dogs keep children safe and calm. We are unique as service dog trainers because we use giant breed dogs as autism service dogs. Giant breed dogs can weigh an average of 110-150 lbs and some, up to 180 lbs. This heavyweight class of dog is up to almost twice the weight of a young...