Mississippi State University
Parker, Julie C.
Elmore-Staton, Lori D.
Wilmoth, Joe D.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Human Development and Family Studies
Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Human Sciences
Research indicates children with disabilities benefit from therapeutic horseback riding (TR). This study examined the impact TR had on attention behaviors of five children with various developmental disabilities in a preschool classroom. Children were observed in the classroom setting twice weekly for 10 weeks on a day they participated in TR services and on a day they did not participate in TR. Single case experiments suggested there was not a significant difference in all but one child’s sustained attention in the classroom on days children received TR services. An independent samples t-test suggested there was no significant difference in scores between riding day (M<./I> = 1.78, SD =.247) and non-riding days (M = 1.76, SD = .262); t(87) = -.481, p = .632 for the group as a whole. Further research should be conducted to determine TR’s effect on behaviors in the classroom.
Patterson, Morgan Jessica, "The Effect of Therapeutic Riding on Classroom Attention of Children with Developmental Disabilities" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 4378.