The Chemistry Between ASD Individuals and Horses: Using First Person Perspectives of Hippotherapy Experience

Research Study

This research explores first person accounts of individuals with ASD, who describes their experience with hippotherapy (equine therapy). Specifically, interviews will be used to understand why ASD individuals are often fond of horses. The findings that result from this project will have two implications: 1) it will provide a detailed description of autistic perspectives regarding this emerging therapy, and 2) it will offer insight into approaches that support autistic individual’s authentic interests as compared to trying to ‘fix’ or ‘cure’ their autistic behaviors.

This research will be presented in the conference at Harvard in April. I am looking for someone who could participate in my research by filling out the quick (10-15min) survey. If you’re someone who ride horses, please email me at and I will send you the survey!