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How effective is hippotherapy for children with autism?

  1. KatSanger profile image92
    KatSangerposted 5 years ago

    How effective is hippotherapy for children with autism?

  2. krillco profile image93
    krillcoposted 5 years ago

    I think you mean: 'hypnotherapy'. As a clinician, I would say that this would not be very effective for the disorder.

  3. visionandfocus profile image71
    visionandfocusposted 5 years ago

    Derived from the Greek word "hippos" (horse), hippotherapy refers to treatment or therapy aided by a horse. As far as I can tell, it is a sound system that addresses the motor skills that some autistic children need to improve on. Riding improves balance and posture, increases core strength and endurance. I would also expect the bonding between horse and rider to improve the attention and social skills of the child. Horses used in hippotherapy must be well-trained and gentle creatures. I would imagine the interaction between horse and rider to be both a calming and uplifting experience, resulting in both short- and long-term gains for the child that cannot entirely be measurable.

    1. krillco profile image93
      krillcoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, visionandfocus! Never knew the name for it, I'm embarrassed to admit.

 
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