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Evaluation of the Efficacy of Hippotherapy for Children With Developmental Disorders

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00717392
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 17, 2008
Last Update Posted : March 1, 2013
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Lidia Gabis MD, Sheba Medical Center

Brief Summary:
Hippotherapy is every program of horseback riding meant to treat people with physiological, mental, social, cognitive or behavioral problems. The purpose of the current research is to evaluate the efficacy of hippotherapy for children with developmental disabilities. The hypothesis is that children with developmental disabilities who are treated with hippotherapy will show better outcomes than children with the same problems who are not treated with hippotherapy.

Condition or disease
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder

Detailed Description:

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.

Assessment:

  • BRIEF questionnaire
  • Stony Brook Questionnaire

All questionnaires will be applied at the beginning of the study and after 6 months.


Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of the Efficacy of Hippotherapy for Children With Developmental Disorders
Study Start Date : September 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2012

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Group/Cohort
Hippotherapy_ADHD
10 children with ADHD who receive hippotherapy
Hippotherapy_ASD
10 children with ASD who receive hippotherapy
Control_ADHD
10 children with ADHD who DO NOT receive hippotherapy
Control_ASD
10 children with ASD who DO NOT receive hippotherapy



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improving the parameters of autism [ Time Frame: Repetitive behaviors ]
    Repetitive behaviors Eye contact Communication



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Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Hippotherapy subjects will be taken from horseback riding farms. Control subjects will be taken from a tertiary care clinic.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age: 5-17 years.
  • A diagnosis of ADHD or ASD.

Exclusion Criteria:


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Locations
Israel
Weinberg Child Development Center, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer
Ramat-Gan, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Lidia Gabis, MD Sheba Medical Center

Responsible Party: Dr. Lidia Gabis MD, Director, The Weinberg Child Development Center, Sheba Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00717392     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-08-5327-LG-CTIL
First Posted: July 17, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 1, 2013
Last Verified: February 2013

Keywords provided by Dr. Lidia Gabis MD, Sheba Medical Center:
ADHD
ASD

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developmental Disabilities
Pathologic Processes
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive