Author

Erin J. Grimm

Defense Date

9-22-2015

Graduation Date

2015

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

EdD

Department

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Education Leaders (IDPEL)

School

School of Education

Committee Chair

Launcelot Brown

Committee Member

Frannie Jo Serenka

Committee Member

Richael Barger-Anderson

Committee Member

Yvonne Liddell

Keywords

Animal Assisted Therapy, At-risk Youth, Complex Support Needs, Equine Therapy, Interventions, Non-traditional Interventions

Abstract

The increased need for effective interventions and the challenge of working with children and youth with complex support or at-risk needs such as emotional disorders, physical and mental health needs as well as autism; have resulted in the design of many non-traditional therapeutic interventions, such as various experiential therapies, animal-assisted therapy, expressive therapies, wilderness therapy, and adventure-based therapy (Suarez, 2005). For the purpose of this dissertation, the researcher will explore the non-traditional therapeutic intervention of equine therapy and its effect on the social and emotional development of three diverse families who reside in Western Pennsylvania. The researcher will also investigate the impact of this therapy at home, school, and how the skills learned are applied to everyday living.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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