Evaluation of the Efficacy of Hippotherapy for Children With Developmental Disorders
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder|
|Study Design:||Time Perspective: Prospective|
|Official Title:||Evaluation of the Efficacy of Hippotherapy for Children With Developmental Disorders|
- Improving the parameters of autism [ Time Frame: Repetitive behaviors ]Repetitive behaviors Eye contact Communication
|Study Start Date:||September 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
10 children with ADHD who receive hippotherapy
10 children with ASD who receive hippotherapy
10 children with ADHD who DO NOT receive hippotherapy
10 children with ASD who DO NOT receive hippotherapy
Hippotherapy is every program of horseback riding meant to treat people with physiological, mental, social, cognitive or behavioral problems. Most studies that tested hippotherapy were uncontrolled and focused on motor problems, such as cerebral palsy. Today, hippotherapy is used for various developmental problems such as Attention deficit / Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), without clear information about its efficacy for these populations.
The purpose of the current research is to evaluate the efficacy of 6 months of hippotherapy for children with developmental disabilities. The hypothesis is that children with developmental disabilities who are treated with hippotherapy for 6 months will show better outcomes than children with the same problems who are not treated with hippotherapy.
- BRIEF questionnaire
- Stony Brook Questionnaire
All questionnaires will be applied at the beginning of the study and after 6 months.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00717392
|Weinberg Child Development Center, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer|
|Principal Investigator:||Lidia Gabis, MD||Sheba Medical Center|