Kathryn Adams, Heather Panczykowski, Morgan Bralley, Lynne Murphy, Lindsey Fleury, Mary Vieregge, Lindsey Millner; Impact of Equine Interactive Vaulting on Executive Function of Children With Disabilities: Outcomes and Directions for OT Practice. Am J Occup Ther 2020;74(4_Supplement_1):7411520483. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO5122
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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
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