Equine-assisted occupational therapy for kids with autism

Equine-assisted occupational therapy for kids with autism


(cheering and applauding) – My name’s Caitie McDaniel,
and I’m a Ph.D. student at CSU. So, this study is my
dissertation research. What we’re looking at specifically
is occupational therapy within this equine environment
for children with autism. The overarching purpose
of the study is to see if the interaction between
horses and children with autism can lead to improvements
in their daily lives, specifically in their social and behavioral functioning at home. We are pairing children one on one with an occupational therapist and a horse in order to do therapy in
this equine environment. It’s easy to see how
motivated the children are, because they come and
they know their horse well and their excited to be
able to ride their horse, so it makes therapy really enjoyable and really rewarding to be a part of. So far, we’re seeing a
lot of positive benefits. (gentle upbeat music)

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