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Animal-Assisted Therapy

By Kayla Blasz

Category Theses

Animals are an important influence on the well-being and
health of humans. Exposure to animals in a therapeutic setting
has, historically, had physical, physiological, and
psychological benefits to humans' health. Animal-assisted
therapy (AAT) is a proposed effective therapy method for a
variety of populations. People with special needs are a group
that has seen vast improvements from AAT. Children with autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) pose many challenges for families and
professionals because the manifestations of the disorder occur
on such a wide continuum. Studies that show the benefits of AAT
for these children are increasing and continuing to gain
support. This paper aims to address the historical significance
of animals, the role animals play in human's lives, and the
influence of AAT on children with autism.


Angel Tobey

Purdue University

Date 2013
Pages 28
Publisher Research Papers
Department Communication Disorders and Sciences
Degree Master of Science
Language English
University Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Attachment
  4. Autism
  5. Benefits
  6. Disabilities
  7. Ethics
  8. Hippotherapy
  9. History
  10. Human-animal bond
  11. Human-animal interactions
  12. Human health
  13. Well-being