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  1. It's the Journey: The Developmental and Attachment Implications of Animal Assisted Play Therapy(TM) for Children in Emergency Housing

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    | Contributor(s):: Katharine Penzo Wenocur

    BACKGROUND: Child homelessness is correlated with a wide range of health and psychosocial challenges including poor school performance, juvenile justice involvement, and heightened risk of exposure to early-life violence and trauma. Despite this, participation in therapy tends to be low. Animal...

  2. Development of a Dog-Assisted Activity Program in an Elementary Classroom

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    | Contributor(s):: Cinzia Correale, Lara Crescimbene, Marta Borgi, Francesca Cirulli

    Here we describe a pilot Dog-Assisted Activity program that was designed to improve wellbeing and social integration in a multi-cultural elementary classroom in which some episodes of bullying had been reported. We developed a 5-encounters protocol with the aim of introducing pet dogs into the...

  3. Social rivalry triggers visual attention in children with autism spectrum disorders

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    | 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,...

  4. Cortisol and Secretory Immunoglobulin A Response to Stress in German Shepherd Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Ivona Svobodová, Helena Chaloupková, Roman Koncel, LudÄ›k Bartoš, Lenka Hradecká, Lukáš Jebavý

    The aim of the study was to determine whether cortisol and secretory Immunoglobulin A (sIgA) could be used as an indicator of acute stress in both young and adult dogs. Seventeen German shepherd puppies were exposed to the Puppy test (challenge test) at the age of seven weeks. This test has...

  5. Amy's Wish With Wings

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    Our mission is to provide equine assisted activities for children with special needs. This may include but is not limited to children with autism, down syndrome, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, victims of abuse, vision impaired, selective mutism and many others.  These children benefit...

  6. 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)...

  7. Paws From The Heart

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    We are a compassionate and supportive 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing qualified and specialty trained pet therapy dog teams into local communities to deliver various outreach programs while  promoting  health, happiness and healing to those in need.  We...

  8. Social Acknowledgments for Children with Disabilities: Effects of Service Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Mader, Bonnie

  9. Another Tool in the Fight against Epilepsy: Seizure Response Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Hollingsworth, Jan Carter

  10. Support for Children with a Visual Impairment in Northern Ireland: The Role of the Rehabilitation Worker

    | Contributor(s):: Gray, Colette

  11. Parent perceptions of the quality of life of pet dogs living with neuro-typically developing and neuro-atypically developing children: An exploratory study

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    | Contributor(s):: Sophie S. Hall, Hannah F. Wright, Daniel S. Mills

    There is growing scientific and societal recognition of the role that pet dogs can play in healthy development of children; both those who are neuro-typically developing and those who live with a neuro-developmental disorder, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However,...

  12. The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Balance and Self-Efficacy in Children with Developmental Disabilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Smola, Lauren Hurley

    Therapeutic horseback riding (THR) has positive health related outcomes in children with developmental disabilities. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a 10-week THR intervention on balance and task-specific self-efficacy in children with developmental disabilities....

  13. BEAMING Inc.

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    BEAMING Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Neenah, Wisconsin, and a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Founded in 2004, BEAMING exists to enhance the quality of life for people with special needs by developing...

  14. Pet keeping in childhood and asthma and allergy among children in Tianjin area, China

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    | Contributor(s):: Shugang Luo, Yuexia Sun, Jing Hou, Xiangrui Kong, Pan Wang, Qingnan Zhang, Jan Sundell

    This study aims to find out the relationship between pet keeping in childhood and asthma and allergy among children aged 0–8 years old in Tianjin, China. Parental or guardians reports of 7360 children were analyzed. 1490 (21.6%) families kept pets at the time of the survey (current),...

  15. GALEP (Galt Horse Assisted Learning & Enrichment Program)

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    Since 2009 GALEP has been serving the children of Galt and the surrounding area with activities designed to encourage learning and acheivement through the wonderful creature, the horse. Thanks to grants, volunteer power and other community donations the program has experienced steady growth....

  16. Christine Marie's Star Riders

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    Christine Marie's Star Riders is a and recreational horseback riding program for children, adults and military veterans with special needs. Star Riders is an operating center for PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International) with its program site at the Marina...

  17. [Hippotherapy--a supplementary treatment for motion disturbance caused by cerebral palsy (author's transl)]

    | Contributor(s):: Tauffkirchen, E.

  18. [Therapy with the help of a horse - attempt at a situational analysis (author's transl)]

    | Contributor(s):: Riesser, H.

  19. [Therapeutic horseback riding as a special form of physical therapy provided by the health insurance in the GDR]

    | Contributor(s):: Riede, D.

    1974Beitr Orthop Traumatol2110615-70005-8149 (Print)0005-8149gertext

  20. Innovative robotic hippotherapy improves postural muscle size and postural stability during the quiet stance and gait initiation in a child with cerebral palsy: A single case study

    | Contributor(s):: Park, J. H., You, J. S. H.