AUTISM

AUTISM

July 6, 2012

Horses Soothe Kids with Autism

The animals' motion may correct rhythm coordination problems

Scientific American | By Ajai Raj 

Animals have helped many kids with autism improve their speech and social skills, but these cases have been largely isolated. Now the first scientific study of horse therapy finds its many benefits may have to do with rhythm.

A study of 42 children with autism, six to 16 years old, found that riding and grooming horses significantly bettered behavioral symptoms. Compared with kids who had participated in nonanimal therapy, those exposed to horses showed... READ MORE >>

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