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Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)
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MARCELINO, Juliana Fonsêca de Queiroz and MELO, Zélia Maria de. Therapeutic riding: repercusion on family relations of children with prematureness development delay. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2006, vol.23, n.3, pp. 279-287. ISSN 0103-166X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-166X2006000300007.
This research was focused on studying children that have a neuropsychomotor development delay due to prematurity, and have being attended by an interdisciplinary therapy called therapeutic riding, a therapeutical approach that has the horse and its environment as primordial resources. The study was carried through two children from Caxangá Golf & Country Club Nucleus of Equine therapy, their respective families and professionals, who accompany these children in the therapeutical process. The techniques used during the research were the children's sessions observation ; interviews with parents and therapists from the institution and other "caretakers". According to this study, the straight vinculum between child and animal is very important for the children and their family's involvement to the therapeutic process. Also the child, the team and other practitioners interaction in the socialization process is important , as well as the stimulation adequacy of the equine therapy environment by the interdisciplinary team and the family. There have been a child's social-affective improvement aspect that reflects on the family relations.
Keywords : Family; Socio-affectiveness; Equine therapy; Rremature child.