Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Parker, Julie C.

Committee Member

Elmore-Staton, Lori D.

Committee Member

Wilmoth, Joe D.

Date of Degree

1-1-2015

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Human Development and Family Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Human Sciences

Abstract

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.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20119

Comments

therapeutic horseback riding||sustained attention||preschool classroom||developmental disabilities||equine-human interaction

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