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  1. 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...

  2. Children and Elephants: A Study of Mentalization, Empathy, and Attitudes Towards Conservation in Participants of an Elephant-Based Environmental Intervention in West Africa

    Contributor(s):: Erica C. Rogers

    Recent research suggests that children's identification with animals and propensity to learn from animal experiences might make animal-focused interventions ideal for social and emotional development. A child's ability to understand their own and others' feeling states has been linked...

  3. Interspecies Relations in Equestrian Sport

    Contributor(s):: Michelle Gilbert

    This thesis is a sandwich thesis that explores youth participation in equestrian sport. Each of the three papers that comprise the substantive portion of this thesis are stand-alone papers. Each paper employs a mixed methodology which includes document analysis, media analysis, and...

  4. Eläimestä tukea : Eläimen ja nuoren vuorovaikutus

    Contributor(s):: Kaisa Karvonen, Maria Poskiparta

    Tutkimuksemme tarkoituksena oli tutkia eläinten eri merkitystä nuorten hyvinvoinnille. Tutkimuksessamme selvitimme mitä eri merkityksiä eläimillä on nuorille ja miten eri keinoin eläimiä voidaan käyttää nuorten tukena. Halusimme tuoda...

  5. See Spot Read: How the Presence of a Therapy Dog Influences the Reading Skills of Children in the First-Grade

    Contributor(s):: Chelsea Addison

    The purpose of this study was to examine if the presence of a therapy dog influences the reading skills of first-grade students. Specifically, the researcher assessed the participants’ reading rate, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension across two conditions (reading with a dog present...

  6. Avaluació de l'efectivitat de la introducció de la teràpia assistida amb gossos al tractament de fisioteràpia per a pacients amb paràlisi cerebral espàstica

    Contributor(s):: Susanna Peiris Bevers

    L’objectiu d’aquest estudi és avaluar els efectes de la introducció de la teràpia assistida amb gossos en el tractament de nens amb paràlisi cerebral espàstica. Es tracta d’un assaig clínic aleatoritzat, longitudinal i de caràcter...

  7. Equine Assisted Activities or Therapy: Towards a Future Curriculum

    Contributor(s):: Anita Shkedi

    Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAA/T) is a non-invasive treatment modality recommended by the medical and educational community for a subset of challenged children and adults. As its popularity increases, so too are the concerns among stakeholders and the medical and educational...

  8. The psychotherapeutic worth of horse whispering for the aggressive child

    Contributor(s):: Karin Bronkhorst

    This dissertation employs a case study research design and reviews literature from the field of animal assisted therapy (AAT) with an emphasis on equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP), as a possible therapeutic alternative for treating inappropriate aggressive behaviour in a young boy. The...

  9. A Quantitative Study of Animal-Assisted Interventions with Youth Who Have Experienced Maltreatment

    Contributor(s):: Meghan Elizabeth Anderson

    Youth who have experienced maltreatment (abuse, neglect, exposure to violence) typically exhibit worse life outcomes (lower graduation rates, higher incident of substance use, unplanned pregnancies, etc.). Effective therapeutic interventions are important to combat these negative effects. Animal...

  10. O efeito da hipoterapia e da atrelagem adapatada na auto-eficácia e nas funções psicomotoras de crianças com necessidades educativas especiais

    Contributor(s):: Lígia Nascimento Seixas

    A Hipoterapia e a Atrelagem Adaptada utilizam o cavalo como instrumento terapêutico, aproveitando assim, os seus benefícios decorrentes de sua específica andadura com movimentos tridimensionais (para cima e para baixo; para a esquerda e para a direita; para a frente e para...

  11. Spawning executive functions in first graders: Exploring situated learning experiences with the classroom pet consistent with children's temperament

    Contributor(s):: Kristan Nicole Pearce

    Rapid growth in all domains of development occurs during the early childhood years. Even so, the pressures of high stakes testing and the push down of curriculum often elicit a focus on cognitive development while neglecting other developmental areas important in school and later life success...

  12. Fostering Attitudes of Empathy towards Animals in Youth Ages 4-7 through Play Experiences in a Zoo Setting

    Contributor(s):: Heidi M. Faris

    Zoos are place-based education facilities that have the ability to utilize their natural play spaces to enhance the social and cognitive development of children using live animals. Playing outdoors in nature has shown to increase physical, attentive, cognitive and social development during early...

  13. An evaluation of the relationship between self-esteem and pet bonding in children

    Contributor(s):: Pamela L. Evans-Smith

    Obesity has been linked to many physical as well as psychological problems. Many children who are obese suffer from low self-esteem. No studies have been published documenting the effect of owning a dog on the self-esteem of children who are obese. This study used a non-experimental, descriptive,...

  14. Widening the Circle of Empathy through Humane Education: A Qualitative Study with Diverse and At-Risk Children

    Contributor(s):: Jennie Marie Warmouth

    This study examines the socio-emotional and cognitive impact of a three-month literacy centered humane education program on one second-grade classroom of socio-culturally and linguistically diverse children using a qualitative research design. Twenty-five children, ages 7-8 years, participated in...

  15. More than just Rodent Control: A Transdisciplinary Study on Library Cats and their Impact on the Library as Third Place

    Contributor(s):: Silvana Lotz

    Introduction. The traditional purpose of library cats has been to keep rodents away. Today most resident library cats can be found in the United States where they even seem to serve other purposes. The aim of this study is to analyze how library cats affect the library’s role as third...

  16. The Effects of Animal-Assisted Activities on the Social and Emotional Development of Young Children with Characteristics of Emotional Behavioral Disorders

    Contributor(s):: Elaine K. Schmid

    As emotional behavioral disorders become more prevalent throughout the school-age population, intervention during the early childhood ages is becoming key. Considering that social emotional delays are risk factors for emotional behavioral disorders and the evidence of social-emotional health in...

  17. Compliance with Hygiene Recommendations for Human-animal Contact at Petting Zoos

    Contributor(s):: Kathleen E. Werden, Paul C. Bartlett

    Background: Most children at petting zoos are at least somewhat naïve with respect to animal contact, which is probably why they are being taken to a petting zoo. Unfortunately, their immune systems may be equally naïve, thereby putting these children at high risk of contracting one of...

  18. "Nu kommer hunden!": Aktionsforskning om barn som läser för hundar med syfte att utveckla lässtunderna på svenska bibliotek

    Contributor(s):: Elina Garp

    This master´s thesis in Library and Information Science examines the experiences of children who read to a dog. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the interactions between the librarian, the readingdog-handler, the child-ren and the dogs and what the benefits from the interactions...

  19. The use of horseriding in the lives of children with cerebral palsy : an ecosystemic exploration

    Contributor(s):: Yolanda Tredoux

    In the realm of therapeutic horseback riding one becomes aware of the idiosyncratic way in which each unique individual depicts his or her experience of a therapeutic riding endeavor. This study focuses on the meanings attributed to therapeutic riding in the lives of children with cerebral palsy...

  20. Tras el animal: dos persecuciones ontológicas

    Contributor(s):: Diego Cagüeñas Rozo

    Las historias de niños salvajes suelen ser vistas como poco más que ficciones. Este ensayo explora dos casos de niños supuestamente criados por animales desde el punto de vista de la etología, tal como la define Deleuze: ¿ciencia práctica de las maneras...