Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Perceptions of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies by Parents and Children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Lemke et al

Pediatric Physical Therapy (2014) 


To identify the physical and psychosocial effects of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAATs) on children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) from the perspective of the children and their parents.


Three themes emerged from the qualitative content analysis: physical/psychosocial benefits; relationship development with the horses, instructors, and children; and barriers to continued EAAT engagement.


The data suggest the overall EAAT experience was a source of enjoyment, self- confidence, and normalcy for the children with SMA.