Hippotherapy in Rehabilitation Care for Children with Neurological Impairments and Developmental Delays

A Case Series

Kathryn A. Kraft, Janet Weisberg, Michael D. Finch, Amanda Nickel, Kristen H. Griffin, Timothy L. Barnes

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Abstract

Purpose: This report assesses functional mobility in children with neurological impairments and documented gross motor delays, before and after receiving either hippotherapy or standard outpatient physical therapy (PT). Summary of Key Points: This is a case-series report using data previously collected for a discontinued randomized controlled trial, in which participants received hippotherapy or standard outpatient clinic PT for a 12-week treatment period. Results demonstrated both subjective and objective functional mobility improvements after treatment in participants receiving hippotherapy and standard outpatient PT, as determined by the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-2, the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory, and the Goal Attainment Scaling. Statement of Conclusion and Recommendations for Clinical Practice: When compared with standard outpatient PT, hippotherapy appears to be a viable treatment strategy for children aged 2 to 5 years with neurological impairments and gross motor delays, but additional research in this area is needed to validate findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E14-E21
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • equine movement
  • functional delays
  • neurological impairments

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  • Randomized Controlled Trial

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Hippotherapy in Rehabilitation Care for Children with Neurological Impairments and Developmental Delays : A Case Series. / Kraft, Kathryn A.; Weisberg, Janet; Finch, Michael D.; Nickel, Amanda; Griffin, Kristen H.; Barnes, Timothy L.

In: Pediatric Physical Therapy, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. E14-E21.

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