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  1. Temperament test for donkeys to be used in assisted therapy

    Contributor(s):: Gonzalez-De Cara, Carlos Antonio, Perez-Ecija, Alejandro, Aguilera-Aguilera, Raul, Rodero-Serrano, Evagenlina, Mendoza, Francisco Javier

  2. Can dolphins heal by ultrasound?

    Contributor(s):: Brensing, K., Linke, K., Todt, D.

  3. The Value of (Research on) Animals in Children's Lives

    Contributor(s):: Severson, R. L.

  4. A qualitative study of the perceived health benefits of a therapeutic riding program for children with autism spectrum disorders

    Contributor(s):: Margaret Ann Stickney

    Therapeutic horseback riding can be recommended as a useful health promotion intervention for individuals with disabilities who face challenges to optimal health and wellness. This qualitative study examined the perceived benefits of a therapeutic riding program for children with autism spectrum...

  5. Animal-assisted therapy services for adult cancer patients: a grant proposal

    Contributor(s):: Julia Moorhouse

    The purpose of this project was to identify potential funding sources and complete a grant to provide pet therapy/animal-assisted therapy to cancer patients who are actively in treatment at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Orange County, California, who are experiencing emotional...

  6. An analysis and evaluation of Sit Stay Read: is the program effective in improving student engagement and reading outcomes?

    Contributor(s):: Corinne Serra Smith

    Sit Stay Read is a unique literacy intervention program that uses dogs in the classroom to improve student reading and writing outcomes in select, disadvantaged Chicago Public Schools. The goal of this research study was to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the Sit Stay Read program in...

  7. Dogs as an intervention for behavioral symptoms of older adults with dementia: a systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Katie E. McLellan, Kirsten Wilbur (adviser)

    The purpose of this systematic review was to determine if dogs are an effective occupational therapy intervention for reducing agitation and increasing social participation among older adults with symptoms of dementia by examining and rating the current published evidence. Studies were included...

  8. Social skills improvement for an adolescent engaged in equine assisted therapy: a single subject study

    Contributor(s):: Jennifer E. Cartinella

    The use of animals for therapeutic purposes has been documented for centuries. There is much anecdotalliterature touting the benefits of animal assisted therapy; however, there are few controlled studies supportingthese claims. Therapy animals are often used with the child/adolescent population....

  9. Dogs as an intervention for behavioral symptoms of older adults with dementia: a systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Katie E. McLellan, Kirsten Wilbur (adviser), Anne B. James (adviser), George Tomlin (adviser)

    The purpose of this systematic review was to determine if dogs are an effective occupational therapy intervention for reducing agitation and increasing social participation among older adults with symptoms of dementia by examining and rating the current published evidence. Studies were included...

  10. The impact of different dog-related stimuli on engagement of persons with dementia

    Contributor(s):: Marcia S. Marx, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Natalie G. Regier, Maha Dakheel-Ali, Ashok Srihari, Khin Thein

    Objective: To provide further empirical evaluation of the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy in nursing home residents with dementia. Methods: Participants were 56 residents of 2 suburban Maryland nursing homes and had a diagnosis. Activities of daily living performance was assessed via the...

  11. More than a furry companion: The ripple effect of companion animals on neighborhood interactions and sense of community

    Contributor(s):: Wood, L. J., Giles-Corti, B., Bulsara, M. K., Bosch, D. A.

  12. The relationship between bonding with nonhuman animals and students' attitudes toward science

    Contributor(s):: Sorge, C.

  13. The effect of a therapy dog on the effectiveness of a child life intervention with adolescents experiencing grief and loss

    Contributor(s):: Jenna Teso, Craig LeCroy (adviser)

    The experience of grief and loss is a process that can be extremely distressing to anyone, regardless of age. This may be especially true for youth. This study was designed and conducted to determine the effects of a therapy dog as a therapeutic adjunct in Child Life interventions with...

  14. Another breed of "service" animals: STARS study findings about pet ownership and recovery from serious mental illness

    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer P. Wisdom, Goal Auzeen Saedi, Carla A. Green

    This study elucidates the role of pets in recovery processes among adults with serious mental illness. Data derive from interviews with 177 HMO members with serious mental illness (52.2% women, average age 48.8). Interviews and questionnaires addressed factors affecting recovery processes and...

  15. Donkey-assisted rehabilitation program for children: a pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: Paola De Rose, Elisabetta Cannas, Patrizia Reinger Cantiello

    Bonding with animals grants access to the sphere of affectivity and facilitates therapeutic engagement. The methodological approach of donkey-assisted programs is based on mediation, which is characterized by multidirectional relationships (patient-donkey-therapist). The donkey is an excellent...

  16. On the utilization of social animals as a model for social robotics

    | Contributor(s):: Ádám Miklósi, Márta Gácsi

    Social robotics is a thriving field in building artificial agents. The possibility to construct agents that can engage in meaningful social interaction with humans presents new challenges for engineers. In general, social robotics has been inspired primarily by psychologists with the aim of...

  17. Non conventional psychiatric rehabilitation in schizophrenia using therapeutic riding: the FISE multicentre Pindar project

    | Contributor(s):: Stefania Cerino, Francesca Cirulli, Flavia Chiarotti, Stefano Seripa

    The FISE (Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri) Pindar is a multicentre research project aimed at testing the potential effects of therapeutic riding on schizophrenic patients. Twenty-four subjects with a diagnosis of schizophrenia were enrolled for a 1 year-treatment involving therapeutic riding...

  18. Canine-assisted therapy: An emerging therapeutic practice

    | Contributor(s):: Kenneth M. Jastrow III

    Close relationships link all living things in the environment, but the forces that connect people and animals are especially strong and enduring. These forces of connection are being utilized for the advancement of human happiness and well-being in a therapeutic manner. This therapy is called...