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The Impact of Canine-Assisted Therapy and Activities on Children in an Educational Setting

By Katie R. Beck

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Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted activities (AAA) are becoming more prevalent in educational settings. Research has shown that there are many benefits to having animals involved in therapy, specifically canines. Canine-assisted therapy/activities and the use of therapy dogs are being incorporated into schools and classrooms. The purpose of this paper is to explore the impacts canine-assisted therapy and activities have on students academically, physically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. It will also identify any caveats of the use of therapy dogs in schools, and investigate the evidence to further determine if and how therapy dogs have positive impacts on children in an educational setting.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2015
Pages 1-29
Publisher St. John Fisher College
Department Education
Degree MS in Special Education
URL http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/education_ETD_masters/312/
Language English
University St. John Fisher College
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Children
  4. Dogs
  5. Elementary Education
  6. Human-animal bond
  7. Mammals
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Schools
  10. Special Education
  11. students
  12. therapy animals