Equine-Assisted Therapy’s Affect on Social Skills and Attention among School Age Children Joanne Gamache University of Puget Sound December 6, 2004 Introduction


Recommendations for Best Practice



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Recommendations for Best Practice:

Equine-assisted therapy can be used as a complementary form of treatment to occupational therapy for children with disabilities to improve social skills and attention span. Practitioners who are considering referring patients to equine-assisted therapy should research and contact national and local programs to determine if equine-assisted therapy is safe and appropriate for their client.


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