Research

Mindfulness Effects on the Amygdala Article by PLOS

HorseBoy and Movemen Method focus and instruct in mindful self compassion and mindfulness. Here is an interesting article supporting the effects on the amygdala during mindfulness. “The present findings represent an important contribution to the current understanding of how mindfulness may reduce stress responding and thus improve physical and psychological health. Smaller grey matter volumes …

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Classroom Impact Data for Movement Method

2018 Public Elementary School (Title 1- Low Income) 5th grade data: Math growth, students moving out of red (non-proficient) before MM 18% and 45 % After MM 63% and 60% After using the trampoline students improved their DAZE reading score and except for two reached their individual growth goal.

‘Tone’ of phrase may differ in autism, but meaning is clear

It’s not always what we say, but how we say it: Even a ‘hello’ can take on dramatically different meanings, depending on its delivery. Spoken quickly and with a pitch that rises and falls, it suggests happy excitement; said slowly and with a falling pitch, it can impart disappointment. The patterns of emphasis and intonation …

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2017 Masters Thesis University Osnabrück, Germany: Movement Method to convey physics curriculum to children with autism

An explorative study with 4 British children between 5 and 8 years old.  Masters-Thesis Examiners: apl. Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Alfred Zieglerand Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Joachim WollschlägerOsnabrück, June 2017 The movement method is a non-directive way of kinetic learning specially designed for children with autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is seen as a profound …

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Severity of ASD symptoms and their correlation with the presence of copy number variations and exposure to first trimester ultrasound

AbstractCurrent research suggests that incidence and heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms may arise through a variety of exogenous and/or endogenous factors. While subject to routine clinical practice and generally considered safe, there exists speculation, though no human data, that diagnostic ultrasound may also contribute to ASD severity, supported by experimental evidence that exposure …

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Equine-Assisted Occupational Therapy: Increasing Engagement for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Abstract Engagement in meaningful activities is essential to development and is often reduced in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have limited engagement in activities or relationships. A multiple-baseline design was used with 7 children with ASD ages 4-8 yr to assess the effect of including a horse in occupational therapy intervention on task …

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Research Explains Sensory Integration Difficulties in Autism

New research confirms that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have significant sensory deficits that influence social interactions. Investigators determined the brains of individuals with ASD appear to lack feedback loops that help to process tactile information. This faulty processing results in social challenges. Belgium researchers explain that many individuals with ASD are over- or …

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Autism And Exercise: Physical Activities Improve Autistic Children’s Motor Skills, Behavior, Attention, Social Communication & School Performance

Physical activities are often overlooked in autism therapies. Parents usually put emphasis on training their autistic child to communicate verbally, establish eye contact, and how to behave in social situations. Experts, however, said that exercise plays a huge part in providing a better quality of life to people with autism. Meghann Lloyd, an associate professor of …

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SOMETHING ABOUT A HORSE: FINDING BENEFITS IN THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Marina SarrisInteractive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute American frontier tales promote the magical connection between a man and his trusty steed. A rider communicates with his horse through words and movements, forming a bond in which each “reads” the other. Horse enthusiasts have said these bonds help people with autism, a disorder affecting social …

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