Social rivalry triggers visual attention in children with autism spectrum disorders
| Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Yentl Gautier, Pauline Brugaillères, Inès Tiercelin, Carole Jacq, Marie-Claude Lebret, Martine Hausberger
Visual social attention is central to social functioning and learning and may act as a reinforcer. Social rivalry, which occurs when an individual is excluded from dyadic interactions, can promote interspecific learning by triggering attention. We applied it to an animal-assisted intervention,...
Face scanning in autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: human versus dog face scanning
| Contributor(s):: Mauro Muszkat, Claudia Berlim de Mello, Patricia de Oliveira Lima Muñoz, Tania Khiel Lucci, Vinicius Frayze David, José de Oliveira Siqueira, Emma Otta
This study used eye tracking to explore attention allocation to human and dog faces in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and typical development (TD). Significant differences were found among the three groups. TD...
Replication Pilot Trial of Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Cortisol Collection With Children on the Autism Spectrum
| Contributor(s):: Pan, Z., Granger, D. A., Guerin, N. A.
We aimed to determine whether results of our prior randomized control trial [RCT; NCT02301195, (1)] of Therapeutic Horseback Riding (THR) for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could be replicated at a different riding center and if treatment effects also...
Early diagnosis and intervention for autism spectrum disorder in Africa: insights from a case study
| Contributor(s):: Nicole Wannenburg, Roelf van Niekerk
Awareness and concern regarding the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased worldwide.1-3 In high resource countries, this has led to an increase in funding for ASD research and the inclusion of ASD in health policies.1,4 Despite an increase in research on ASD in Africa in the...
Animal-Assisted Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Survey of French Facilities
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| Contributor(s):: Claire Philippe-Peyroutet, Marine Grandgeorge
Our survey of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) offered by French intervention facilities aimed to examine and describe the range of AAI for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) children. We invited 2,302 facilities to reply to an online questionnaire. The responses to our survey (n = 386)...
Companion animals and human health: benefits, challenges, and the road ahead for human-animal interaction
| Contributor(s):: Friedman, E., Krause-Parello, C. A.
Long-Term Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Trial
| Contributor(s):: Robin L Gabriels, Zhaoxing Pan, Noemie A Guerin, Briar Dechant, Gary Mesibov
This paper presents 6-month follow-up data of 44% (N = 64/116) of participants (ages 6–16 years) with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, who participated in a previously-published randomized controlled trial of therapeutic horseback riding (THR) compared to a no-horse contact...
Editorial: Children and Companion Animals: Psychosocial, Medical and Neurobiological Implications
| Contributor(s):: Andrea Beetz, lynette arnason hart, Brinda Inida Jegatheesan, Naoko Koda
This Research Topic presents experiences with companion animals provided to children in varied settings. Methods include monitoring of the ongoing interaction of children with companion animals, or conducting interviews or surveys, as well as experimental interventions where changes occurring...
Animal-assisted therapy—Novi trend u liječenju osoba s psihičkim i intelektualnim smetnjama
| Contributor(s):: N. Prosinečki
Social-emotional adjustment and pet ownership among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
| Contributor(s):: Amanda Ward, Nicole Arola, Amy Bohnert, Rebecca Lieb
Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often experience poor social-emotional adjustment and interactions with peers, but taking care of a family pet may serve as a buffer. This study utilized 81 parent-adolescent dyads to examine how dimensions of pet ownership (responsibility,...
Autism and Equine-Assisted Interventions: A Systematic Mapping Review
| Contributor(s):: McDaniel Peters, B. C., Wood, W.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Crossover Effects of Attachment Behaviors with Family Pets in a Sample of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Petty, J. D.
The Impact of a Horse Riding Intervention on the Social Functioning of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Harris, A., Williams, J. M.
Attitudes to and beliefs about animal assisted therapy for children with disabilities
| Contributor(s):: Yap, E.
Affectionate Interactions of Cats with Children Having Autism Spectrum Disorder
| Contributor(s):: lynette arnason hart, abigail p thigpen, Neil H Willits, Leslie A. Lyons, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Benjamin L Hart
Mental and physical benefits of dogs have been reported for adults and children with special needs, but less is known about benefits of cats for children. A cat that can be held by a child could provide important therapeutic companionship for children with severe or less severe autism spectrum...
Child-Canine Bonding in Children with ASD: Findings Within and Across Case Studies
| Contributor(s):: Kathryn Struik, John-Tyler Binfet
The demand for support for families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to grow, and one increasingly popular avenue of support is the use of companion canines. Parents searching for service canines trained to work with children with ASD, however, face formidable...
ANIMAL-ASSISTED ACTIVITIES: Effects of Animals on Positive Emotional Display in Children in Inclusion Classrooms
| Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Gayatri Mazgaonkar
Animals are commonly present in classrooms and may be an important tool in enhancing children’s experiences, especially in inclusion classrooms that provide integrative learning for both typically developing children and children with special needs. The purpose of this study was to...
Assistance Dogs: Historic Patterns and Roles of Dogs Placed by ADI or IGDF Accredited Facilities and by Non-Accredited U.S. Facilities
| Contributor(s):: Sandra Walther, Mariko Yamamoto, Abigail Paige Thigpen, Anaissa Garcia, Neil H. Willits, Lynette A. Hart
Dogs’ roles to support people with disabilities are increasing. Existing U.S. laws and regulations pertaining to the use of dogs for people with disabilities are only minimally enforced. Pushback legislation against some aspects of uses of assistance dogs currently is being passed or...
Face processing of animal and human static stimuli by children with autism spectrum disorder: a pilot study
| Contributor(s):: Grandgeorge, M., Degrez, C., Alavi, Z., Lemonnier, E.
Animals are part of humans' social environment and present numerous benefits. Each partner in a human-animal interaction uses signals emitted by the other (e.g. postures, gestures or gaze directions) to collect information to adjust their behaviour. Face processing impairment is associated with...
The development of a canine para-agility program: positive affects in children with autism and in therapy dogs
| Contributor(s):: Pop, D., Rusu, A. S., Miresan, V.
Previous research has demonstrated that both children and dogs might benefit from Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA), with some factors mediating/moderating the results. The present study took these factors into consideration, by creating an AAA program consisting of two types of human-animal...