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The effects of the presence of a dog on the social interactions of children with developmental disabilities

By Stephanie Walters

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Abstract The effects of the presence of a dog on the social interactions between children with developmental disabilities and their teacher were analyzed in this study. We examined whether the presentation of a dog would improve the social interactions of three children with developmental disabilities. A baseline condition consisting of the child and teacher in the presence of three toys, one of which was a toy dog was followed by an intervention in which a real dog was added to the sessions. A multiple baseline design across participants was employed to assess experimental changes in interactions during the intervention condition. All participants demonstrated an increase in overall positive initiated behaviors (verbal and non-verbal), positive initiated interactions toward the teacher (verbal and non-verbal) and positive initiated interactions toward the dog (verbal and non-verbal).
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Stephanie Schaffner

Location of Publication Tampa, FL
Degree M.A.
URL http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/902/
Language English
University University of South Florida
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  1. Abnormal development
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Children
  4. Classroom
  5. Communication
  6. Development
  7. Developmental disabilities
  8. Dogs
  9. Mammals
  10. social interactions