This Master’s thesis investigated efficacy of equine assisted modality studies for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The data was collected by means of Literature Review and utilized textual analysis. All participants in the studies examined met the study eligibility criteria. The results and findings were compiled and analyzed to support the data reflected; additional studies were highlighted to aid in the comparison of the data retrieved from the four studies featured. A brief history of the synergistic relationship between horse and humans was reviewed as well as historical perspectives on equine assisted programs and their accredited organizations. The student critiqued the future of equine co-facilitated curriculum for individuals with autism, communication between equine and humans, neurophysiological adaptation and biophilia.
|Commitee:||Cox Caniglia, Noel, Sharp, Lloyd|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Animal sciences, Developmental psychology|
|Keywords:||Autism spectrum disorder, Equine assisted modalities, Equine-assisted learning, Neurophysiological adaptation, Non-verbal communication, Therapeutic horseback riding|
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