This pilot study aimed to determine whether the implementation of the PEDI-CAT assessment could be used to measure functional outcomes in equine assisted activities and therapies. 92 parents/caregivers of riders completed the assessment for the first time, while 12 parents/caregivers of riders completed it for the second time. When comparing pre and post assessments of riders, the 11/12 riders had a raw score increase. This change suggests that the PEDI-CAT assessment can in fact measure factors that affect overall quality of life, such as improvement in communication, motor skills, ADLs, and socialization in equine assisted activities and therapies.
Dr. Sue Iliff
Occupational Therapy, School of
Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
equine assisted activities, functional outcomes, PEDI-CAT, saddle up!, children and youth with disabilities
Hendricks, Tori, "Implementation of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI-CAT) with Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy Participants" (2020). OTD Capstone Projects. 14.