The impact of a horse riding intervention on the social functioning of children with autism spectrum disorder

Horse-riding significantly reduced the severity of symptoms and hyperactivity in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to those in a control group, a study has found.

The University of Edinburgh study used 26 children − comprising 22 boys and 4 girls − recruited from four classes at a British school for children with ASD.

The children, aged 6 to 9, all had a formal medical diagnosis of ASD.

The 26 mainly comprised low functioning boys with a severe level of ASD. Most were “mainly nonverbal” with around a third having “limited language”, as judged by their teachers.

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3rd September 2017