Development of a Dog-Assisted Activity Program in an Elementary Classroom
| 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...
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,...
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)...
The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Balance and Self-Efficacy in Children with Developmental Disabilities
| 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....
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...
The Impact of a Horse Riding Intervention on the Social Functioning of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Harris, A., Williams, J. M.
Minor Immediate Effects of a Dog on Children's Reading Performance and Physiology
| Contributor(s):: Lisa Schretzmayer, Kurt Kotrschal, Andrea Beetz
Literacy is a key factor in occupational success and social integration. However, an increasing number of children lack appropriate reading skills. There is growing evidence that dogs have positive effects on reading performance. We investigated the short-term effects of dogs on reading...
Educação assistida por animais : intervenção em crianças com alterações de comportamento
| Contributor(s):: Ãngela Maria Dias de Vilhena e Mascarenhas
A realização deste estudo terá a intenção de levantar a possibilidade e verificar a exequibilidade da implementação de projectos / programas de Intervenções Assistidas por Animais / Educação Assistida por Animais...
The efficacy of therapy dogs as teaching adjuncts in promoting empathy in preschool children
| Contributor(s):: Michael Jeffrey Donaldson
The purpose of this study was to present empirical evidence about the efficacy of using therapy dogs as teacher adjuncts in schools to promote the social and emotional skills of preschool-aged children. Across a nine-week period of time, preschool-aged children assigned to the treatment condition...
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...
Animal-Assisted Interventions as a Learning Aid – A Literature Review
| Contributor(s):: Robyn Lawes
Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) on learning and mental health is an evolving matter within psychology. In past history, such mediations have been held to ridicule by scholars who deemed animals to be insignificant within the field. Today, the American Humane Association postulates that the...
Effectiveness of a Standardized Equine-Assisted Therapy Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Borgi, M., Loliva, D., Cerino, S., Chiarotti, F., Venerosi, A., Bramini, M., Nonnis, E., Marcelli, M., Vinti, C., De Santis, C., Bisacco, F., Fagerlie, M., Frascarelli, M., Cirulli, F.
Integrating animals in the classroom: The attitudes and experiences of Australian school teachers toward animal-assisted interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
| Contributor(s):: Bradley P. Smith, Ashley A. Dale
The introduction of animals into school classrooms has been posited as a beneficial intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Whilst evidence that animal-assisted interventions or activities can positively influence classroom behaviour and learning outcomes is...
Animal-Assisted Interactions: Impacts for At-Risk Youth
| Contributor(s):: Emily M. Axen
Animal-assisted interactions (AAI) have shown increasing promise in reaching at-risk youth. Overview: This systematic review explores the biopsychosocial-spiritual impacts of AAI for at-risk youth through analyzing the existing body of empirical research in the field. Qualitative analysis of...
Treating human trauma with the help of animals: Trauma informed intervention for child maltreatment and adult post-traumatic stress
| Contributor(s):: Tedeschi, Philip, Sisa, Meredith L., Olmert, Meg Daley, Parish-Plass, Nancy, Yount, Rick, Fine, Aubrey H.
Needs Assessment for Animal-Assisted Interventions: Factors Influencing Implementation of Dogs as Judiciary Aids in Criminal Justice Processes in CPS Cases
| Contributor(s):: MacNamara, Maureen
The study presents findings from a needs assessment exploring the critical features or core elements that bear on professionals regarding the inclusion of dogs as judiciary aides in the investigation and prosecution of child maltreatment cases. Specifically, the objectives of the current needs...
Animal Assisted Interventions for Hospitalized and Chronically Ill Children
| Contributor(s):: Krankl, Annika
Animals may act as social buffers: Skin conductance arousal in children with autism spectrum disorder in a social context
| Contributor(s):: O'Haire, Marguerite E., McKenzie, Samantha J., Beck, Alan M., Slaughter, Virginia