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The effect of therapeutic riding on classroom attention of children with developmental disabilities
by Patterson, Morgan Jessica, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2015, 59; 1596086
Abstract (Summary)

Research indicates children with disabilities benefit from therapeutic horseback riding (TR). This study examined the impact TR had on attention behaviors of five children with various developmental disabilities in a preschool classroom. Children were observed in the classroom setting twice weekly for 10 weeks on a day they participated in TR services and on a day they did not participate in TR. Single case experiments suggested there was not a significant difference in all but one child’s sustained attention in the classroom on days children received TR services. An independent samples t-test suggested there was no significant difference in scores between riding day (M = 1.78, SD =.247) and non-riding days (M = 1.76, SD = .262); t(87) = -.481, p = .632 for the group as a whole. Further research should be conducted to determine TR’s effect on behaviors in the classroom.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Parker, Julie C.
Commitee: Elmore-Staton, Lori D., Wilmoth, Joe D.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Human Sciences
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Individual & family studies
Keywords: Classroom attention, Developmental disabilities, Preschool, Therapeutic horseback riding, Therapeutic riding
Publication Number: 1596086
ISBN: 978-1-321-95917-8
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