Event Title

Applied Behavioral Analysis and Equine Therapy: A Comparative Report

Mentor 1

Kris Barnekow

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

5-4-2019 1:30 PM

End Date

5-4-2019 3:30 PM

Description

According to the CDC, around 1 in 59 children are currently being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in America (CDC, 2014). When a family has a child diagnosed with autism it can be a very confusing and challenging time as they attempt to navigate through different intervention and treatment options. Using archival research, I looked into two different types of interventions: Applied Behavioral Analysis pioneered by Ivar Lovaas, and Equine Therapy a newer and developing intervention. The goal of this research was to distinguish different techniques and factors that created positive outcomes for children with autism in areas such social skills, communication, and behavior. Using the UWM Library database I researched the development, implementation, and results of these two types of therapies. Keyword searches were used to find case studies, journal articles, and self-reporting from parents and other professionals. By evaluating these two therapies a comparison and contrast of what aspects of the different interventions are effective can be formed. A combination of interventions may be highly effective in creating positive outcomes for this population which can be further explored by looking into other interventions besides ABA and Equine therapy. Because autism exists on a spectrum it is important to know what is different about these interventions. What may produce positive outcomes for one child may not produce the expected outcomes for another. In the future, a combination of working elements from different therapies may be used to create more comprehensive treatment plans. This research could also be used to help create decision making aids for parents to use to decide what treatment plans will work best to reach the goals needed for their families.

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Applied Behavioral Analysis and Equine Therapy: A Comparative Report

Union Wisconsin Room

According to the CDC, around 1 in 59 children are currently being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in America (CDC, 2014). When a family has a child diagnosed with autism it can be a very confusing and challenging time as they attempt to navigate through different intervention and treatment options. Using archival research, I looked into two different types of interventions: Applied Behavioral Analysis pioneered by Ivar Lovaas, and Equine Therapy a newer and developing intervention. The goal of this research was to distinguish different techniques and factors that created positive outcomes for children with autism in areas such social skills, communication, and behavior. Using the UWM Library database I researched the development, implementation, and results of these two types of therapies. Keyword searches were used to find case studies, journal articles, and self-reporting from parents and other professionals. By evaluating these two therapies a comparison and contrast of what aspects of the different interventions are effective can be formed. A combination of interventions may be highly effective in creating positive outcomes for this population which can be further explored by looking into other interventions besides ABA and Equine therapy. Because autism exists on a spectrum it is important to know what is different about these interventions. What may produce positive outcomes for one child may not produce the expected outcomes for another. In the future, a combination of working elements from different therapies may be used to create more comprehensive treatment plans. This research could also be used to help create decision making aids for parents to use to decide what treatment plans will work best to reach the goals needed for their families.