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  1. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy for Children: Our Entwined Future

    01 Dec 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

      This is the last column in a series of ten written for Purdue’s excellent site, and I confess to being a bit emotional to be so close to finally completing this series. It has...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2014/12/new-directions-in-canine-therapy-for-children-our-entwined-future

  2. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Spreading the Wealth

    25 Nov 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

      As the field of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for children emerges, so does the importance of providing appropriate therapy for all children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. No...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2014/11/new-directions-in-canine-assistance-dog-partnerships-with-children-animal-assisted-therapy-for

  3. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Tales from Four Labradoodles, Part 2

    16 Aug 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    North Star Blue The two labradoodle sisters I wrote about in my last column, Luna and Cocoa, have two lively brothers, Harry and Blue, which we are also placing with North Star children. I...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2014/08/new-directions-in-canine-assistance-dog-partnerships-with-children-tales-from-labradoodle

  4. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Tales from Four Labradoodles, Part 1

    15 Aug 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    North Star Luna North Star Foundation is now in her fourteenth year of incorporation as nonprofit; to date we have helped over 200 children all over the world socially, emotionally and...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2014/08/new-directions-in-canine-assisted-therapy-tales-from-four-labradoodles

  5. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Developing Canine Bonds with Children with Autism

    22 Jul 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    This column focuses on the still unfolding fate of four golden pups delivered by North Star Molly this time last year. Three of these pups are now working in our program with their carefully...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2014/07/new-directions-in-canine-assisted-therapy-developing-canine-bonds-with-children-with-autism

  6. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Recycling at its Finest

    24 Jun 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    My last column on failure is deliberately followed by this one, which highlights North Star dogs whose initial failure ended up just a bump on the road toward a better temperamental fit with a...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2014/06/new-directions-in-canine-assisted-therapy-recycling-at-its-finest

  7. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Correcting Course

    29 Apr 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    "''CCI's Madison and Danny''" I have always learned more from my failures than my success, and this column is meant to show a bit of what we have learned from the...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2014/04/new-directions-in-canine-assisted-therapy-correcting-course

  8. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy for Children who Face Social, Emotional and Educational Challenges

    20 Dec 2013 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    ''North Star Luka and Isabel'' Every assistance or therapy dog placement we create at North Star is a carefully developed relationship between a child and a specifically bred and socialized...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2013/12/new-directions-in-canine-assisted-therapy-for-children-who-face-social-emotional-and-educational

  9. Raising Our North Stars: Kumari's Puppies from Six to Eight Months

    03 Jul 2013 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    North Star's Rex and Amy Kumari’s litter is now eight months old, with four of these well bred and carefully raised golden retriever pups in the midst of being shaped to work with children...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2013/07/raising-our-north-stars-kumaris-puppies-from-six-to-eight-months

  10. Raising Our North Stars: Kumari's Puppies from Four to Six Months

    21 Mar 2013 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    'Jack and North Star's Nardi' Kumari’s puppies are now six months old! This tender age typically marks the beginning of adolescence with dogs, a time when commands formerly obeyed with...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2013/03/raising-our-north-stars-kumaris-pups-from-four-to-six-months

  11. Raising Our North Stars: Kumari's Puppies from Birth to Two Months

    27 Nov 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross North Star Kumari delivered seven healthy puppies on October 4th, 2012. Four of these puppies will be serving children on the autism spectrum as autism assistance dogs; the...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2012/11/raising-our-north-stars

  12. Myth #5: Autism Assistance Dog Placements have Nothing to do with John Q Public

    08 Oct 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross 'North Star's Hero with his boy Joel at Disneyland.' We should take a moment here to first review the various therapeutic roles that a dog can play in a child with autism’s...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2012/10/myth-5---autism-assistance-dog-placements-have-nothing-to-do-with-john-q-public

  13. Myth #4: There are no Scientific Studies to Support Autism Assistance Dog Placements

    04 Oct 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross The years tell us much of what the days never know. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 'Aaron and North Star's Bingo meeting for the very first time.' Anecdotally speaking, we have...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2012/10/myth--4-there-are-no-scientific-studies-to-support-autism-assistance-dog-placements

  14. Myth #3: The Biggest Danger from an Autism Assistance Dog is the Hit to the Pocketbook

    21 Sep 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross 'Danny & Madison' Of the top five myths about autism assistance dogs that I will cover in this column, this myth is by far the most dangerous. If you partially believe in...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2012/09/myth-3-the-biggest-danger-from-an-autism-assistance-dog-is-the-hit-to-the-pocketbook

  15. More Animals in the Classroom: Interview with Maggie O'Haire

    27 Aug 2012 | Posted by Ross E Blythe

    Children with autism can have difficulty fitting into social settings and reading people. Empathy is often hard to cultivate. Research has indicated that in some cases, children with autism are...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1433/blog/2012/08/more-animals-in-the-classroom-interview-with-maggie-ohaire

  16. Myth #2: Training is the Key to Success with Autism Assistance Dogs for Children

    10 Aug 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross I get by with a little help from my friends. ~ John Lennon ''David and North Star's Lego'' One of the biggest misunderstandings about the emerging...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2012/08/myth-2-training-is-the-key-to-success-with-autism-assistance-dogs-for-children

  17. Myth #1: Autism Assistance Dog Placements for Children can be Created Safely and Effectively Using Rescue Dogs

    10 Aug 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. ~ Lucretius 'Marques and North Star's Boots' Rescuing a child as well as a dog...

    http://habricentral.org/members/1661/blog/2012/08/myth-1-autism-assistance-dog-placements-for-children-can-be-created-safely-and-effectively-using