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Animal assisted education: intervention in children with behavioral disorders

By Angela Maria Dias de Vilhena Mascarenhas

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Abstract

The accomplishment of this study intends to raise the possibility and verify the feasibility of the implementation of projects / programs of Animal-Assisted Interventions / Animal-Assisted Education as a pedagogical strategy in the current educational context. In this particular case, the problem that will be affected is Behavioral Disorders. In the daily life of schools, it is difficult to work with children who are part of the profiles of these disorders, for whom habitual measures to combat indiscipline rarely have an effect and development, social, emotional or cognitive support is scarce or None. In the IAA field, it is sought to inform educational agents that these activities are not limited to the best known practices but require more resources (such as hipotherapy). It was in this sense that an Animal-Assisted Education program was implemented in an EB1 located in a socio-culturally disadvantaged environment, involving a 1st / 2nd grade class with students with observable behavioral problems. The results focus on the transformations in student behaviors and how this can affect their development in multiple dimensions. The success of the project has also manifested itself in the interest aroused in the educational community 
The ambition of this study is to verify the possibility and achievability to develop Animal Assisted Interventions and Animal Assisted Education programs as an educational strategy in the current educational context. In this particular case, the main concern in which this research focus is the Disruptive Behavior Disorders. In schools, the difficulty in working with children who fit the profiles of these disorders is emphasized by the fact that the usual measures to beat indiscipline rarely take effect. Besides, help for social, emotional or cognitive development is very few or none. In the Animal Assister Interventions field, the goal is to disclose these strategies among the educational community. Many education professionals are not aware that these activities are not limited to the best known features that demand for numerous resources (like hippotherapy) and can be a viable strategy with potential outcomes. In order to pursue these goals, it was implemented an Animal Assisted Education Program in an elementary school with a socio-culturally disadvantaged scenario. The program involved a group of 1st and 2nd grade students with notorious disruptive behavior. The results focus on the behavioral changes and how this may affect the students' development in multiple dimensions.

Submitter

Katie Carroll

Date 2010
Pages 128
Publisher School of Education of Paula Frassinetti
Department Education
Degree Master's Degree
URL http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11796/754
Language English
University School of Education of Paula Frassinetti
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted education
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Behavioral disorders
  6. Education
  7. Elementary Education
  8. Mammals
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Schools
  11. Special Education