Mental Retardation and Therapeutic Riding
Reprinted from NARHA Strides magazine, January 1997 (Vol. 3, No. 1)
Many authorities agree that people with mental retardation develop in the same way as people without mental retardation, but at a slower rate. Others suggest that persons with mental retardation have difficulties in particular areas of basic thinking and learning such as attention, perception or memory. Depending on the extent of the impairment—mild, moderate, severe or profound—individuals with mental retardation will develop differently in academic, social and vocational skills.
By Liz Baker, PT, Medical Committee Chairman