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  1. A comparison of the frequency of occurrence of stereotypic behaviors demonstrated by a youth with autism during two recreation activities: Horseback riding and board game play

    Contributor(s):: Brekke, Philip J.

  2. A Compassionate Curriculum Utilizing a Guinea Pig to Help Students Develop Empathy, Responsibility, and Positive Social Interactions

    Contributor(s):: Sinno, Nadia

  3. A Manual and Curriculum for the Use of Service Dogs to Support the Social Communication, Behavior, and Academic Development of Students with Autism and Other Disabilities

    Contributor(s):: Kerry Kosmicki

    The product for this project is a curriculum for using service dogs in the classroom as a catalyst for improving social communication, behavioral, and academic skills for students, with a focus upon students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This manual includes the curriculum entitled...

  4. A proposed study of outcomes for autistic children and their families after participation in a Horse Boy Camp

    Contributor(s):: Jennifer Anne Lockwood

    The aim of this proposed study is to explore whether participation in a three day intervention involving horseback riding in nature– a program specifically designed for autistic children and their families called “Horse Boy Camps” – leads to improved outcomes for...

  5. A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Equine-Assisted Therapy on Autistic Spectrum Disorders

    Contributor(s):: Cavicchi, Laura Frances

  6. 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...

  7. A summative evaluation of a dolphin assisted therapy program for children with special needs

    Contributor(s):: Rachel M. Dilts

    This dissertation reviews the literature on the specialty area of dolphin assisted therapy (DAT), a subfield of animal assisted therapy (AAT). To date the literature on the effectiveness of DAT has been mixed although a majority of it is positive. The study was conducted with 40 parents whose...

  8. Accrediting the Therapeutic Riding Industry

    Contributor(s):: Kelsey Lynch, Shannon Thieme, Julie M. Fagan

    Therapeutic horseback riding is used for people with many disabilities through out the country. However, these programs can be quite expensive for the families of the participants. Many programs are not funded and since they are not covered by insurances, most families have to pay out of pocket....

  9. Animal assisted therapy and autism intervention: A synthesis of the literature

    Contributor(s):: Jocelyn Turner

    The overall intention of this research project was to determine if, based on the available literature, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has potential as an efficacious adjunctive therapy method for helping to generate greater levels of social functioning, for individuals with Autism. This project...

  10. Animal assisted therapy for autistic children a descriptive narrative

    | Contributor(s):: Carmille A. McElwain

    Autism is a disorder of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder family. It affects all aspects of a child's development, including personal and social relationships, cognitive growth, and sometimes physical maturity as well. Currently, there is no cure for Autism, but a wide variety of therapies are...

  11. Animal-Assisted Therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Kayla Blasz

    Animals are an important influence on the well-being andhealth of humans. Exposure to animals in a therapeutic settinghas, historically, had physical, physiological, andpsychological benefits to humans’ health. Animal-assistedtherapy (AAT) is a proposed effective therapy method for avariety of...

  12. Animal-Assisted Therapy and the Child-Animal Bond: Children's Well-being and Behavior

    | Contributor(s):: Connie I. Jacobs

  13. Animal-Assisted Therapy on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Alba Méndez Moreno

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a common, incurable neurodevelopmental disorder impairing the individual’s capacity of social communication and interaction. There is not any pharmacological treatment available for this disorder affecting about 1% of children worldwide, which creates a...

  14. As terapias com recurso ao cão como estratégia de intervenção em pessoas com necessidades educativas especiais

    | Contributor(s):: Ana Rita de Brito da Graça Serrano Ferreira

    O presente estudo insere-se no Mestrado em Educação Especial, Domínio Cognitivo e Motor, e tem como objetivo identificar através das Terapias Assistidas por Cães, benefícios nos indivíduos com Perturbações do Desenvolvimento, capazes...

  15. Child-canine bonding in children with ASD : findings within and across case studies

    | Contributor(s):: Kathryn Rebekah Struik

    The demand for support for children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to grow, and one increasingly popular avenue of support is the use of therapeutic canines. Parents searching for service canines trained to work with children with ASD however face formidable...

  16. Companion animals and autism: An exploration of their role in the family

    | Contributor(s):: Ulrey, Lindsay Hansen

  17. Companion Dogs: Helping Families of Children With and Without Autism

    | Contributor(s):: Coltea, Cosmin

    To date, research investigating the effects of companion dogs in families with children is scarce (Walsh, 2009), and it is even more scarce for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The present study investigated the effects of companion dogs in families with and without...

  18. Dolphin-assisted therapy as a verbal operant condition for children with autism

    | Contributor(s):: Terrasi, Renee Marie

  19. Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Therapy: Therapists' Perspectives

    | Contributor(s):: Nichole M. Budahn, Valandra (adviser)

    Animal-assisted therapy has frequently been used with children who have autism spectrum disorder. This study examined animal-assisted therapists’ perceptions of effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy with children who have DSM-IV mental health diagnoses. The researcher recruited self-identified...

  20. Effects of therapeutic riding in children with autism

    | Contributor(s):: Mason, Misty A.