The Effect of Hippotherapy on Balance in Individuals with Developmental DisabilitiesShow full item record
|Title||The Effect of Hippotherapy on Balance in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities|
|Abstract||Hippotherapy is a rehabilitation treatment using the multidimensional movements of a horse as a therapeutic tool to facilitate active gross motor control. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a hippotherapy therapeutic intervention on improving balance in individuals with developmental disabilities. This was investigated using performance production measures of the BTrackS portable force plate. Voluntary participants (n = 10) with developmental disabilities who ranged in age from seven to thirty-seven years old participated in the study. Measurements were taken before and after a twelve-week hippotherapy intervention program. Balance was quantified by having the individuals stand on the BTrackS force plate for four consecutive 20-second trials. The medial/lateral, anterior/posterior, and ellipse area measurements were analyzed. Following 12-weeks of training, there was a significant increase in balance stability for all participants. Medial-lateral (cm) sway decreased from 0.7 + 0.7 to 0.5 + 1.4 (p < 0.05, d = 0.34) and anterior-posterior (cm) sway decreased from 0.8 + 0.5 to 0.5 + 0.4 (p < 0.05, d = 0.62). The results from this study suggest that hippotherapy has a positive influence on balance in individuals with developmental disabilities and can be a useful treatment tool for this population.|
animal assisted therapy
This item appears in the following Collection(s)
- Honors Projects 
Showing a few items related by title, author, creator and subject.
A Comparison of Nintendo Wii Balance Training and Traditional Balance Training in Children with Down syndrome Aliber, JulieThe primary purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of a Nintendo Wii Fit balance intervention to a traditional balance intervention. Thirteen children (ages 4-6, 8 with Down syndrome (DS) and 6 typically ...
Identifying reading strengths and challenges of a student with severe learning disabilities [electronic resource] / Simons, Jacqueline Elizabeth ([Fort Worth, Tex.] : Texas Christian University,, 2013)The purpose of this study was to develop an accurate reading development profile of a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia including his reading strengths and challenges. The profile was used to provide his ...