The completion of a capstone was required to complete the graduation requirements of the University of St. Augustine's Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.
This capstone project describes the use of hippotherapy with children who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It details the rationale, frames of references and a review of the literature. Also provided are descriptions of the investigation of hippotherapy outcome measures being used by current occupational therapists. Five hippotherapy sites were visited and at least one full day of sessions was observed at each. Occupational therapists were also interviewed about current practices. Findings support the use of non-standardized testing for measuring outcomes of children with ASD. Also noted are the various methods for delivering hippotherapy services.