Ride On Center for Kids (R.O.C.K.), a Georgetown-based center providing hippotherapy and therapeutic riding for children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges, announced the receipt of a $32,900 grant from the W.D. Kelley Foundation. The grant will fund research examining the relationship between equine-assisted activities and therapy (EAAT) and the behavior of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The study is a collaboration between R.O.C.K. and Southwestern University in Georgetown and is expected to demonstrate increased positive behaviors in children with ASD, such as improved functional communication and decreased negative behaviors. These benefits are expected to carry over to the home environment, resulting in improved quality of life for both participant and family. With the generous support from organizations like the W.D. Kelley Foundation, doors of opportunity are opened for individuals facing daily challenges of life skills and independence.