Poster Session
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: July 29, 2020
Impact of Equine Interactive Vaulting on Executive Function of Children With Disabilities: Outcomes and Directions for OT Practice
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Translational Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2020
Impact of Equine Interactive Vaulting on Executive Function of Children With Disabilities: Outcomes and Directions for OT Practice
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411520416. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO5122
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411520416. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO5122
Abstract

Date Presented 03/27/20

This mixed-methods study explored the benefits of an equine-assisted interactive vaulting program for children with disabilities. The program consisted of groundwork, gymnastic movements on horseback, and group problem-solving. Statistically significant improvements in nine areas of executive function were identified by instructor ratings, and parent interviews revealed themes of developing skills for social engagement, fostering relationships, and evolving emotional and behavioral repertoire.

Primary Author and Speaker: Heather Panczykowski

Additional Authors and Speakers: Lynne Murphy, Lindsey Fleury, Mary Vieregge

Contributing Authors: Kathryn Adams, Morgan Bralley, Lindsey Millner