Study: Horseback Riding Good For Kids With Autism

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Reporting: Cynthia Demos

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) ― One in 150 kids is diagnosed with some form of autism and the numbers are growing. But the University of Miami, in conjunction with Good Hope Equestrian Training Center in South Miami-Dade, just wrapped up a research project that found children with autism improve with therapeutic horseback riding. 

The project focused on 30 kids with the neurological disorder. In just a few months, their communication skills improved dramatically. They were not as distracted; they had better motor functions and increased their activities. 

Five-year old Kiara Orta is in the program. Her mother Elena Orta says she has seen a dramatic improvement. Orta says her daughter would not socialize and just the other day at a birthday party when the clown called the children over Kiara went on her own. Orta said for most parents that’s a normal function but for Kiara is was a breakthrough. 

The University of Miami and Good Hope are starting another study. This one will include more kids and last for a longer period of time. 

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