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Therapeutic Animal Camp for Children Affected by Cancer

By Katie Fleck

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This research project looks at the therapeutic benefits of an animal camp for children touched by cancer. Animal assisted therapy techniques were used for children to connect with animals during a week long summer camp. The benefits of working with animals are discussed, as well as research on many therapeutic activities including reiki, labyrinth walking, zentangle drawing, yoga, and drumming. Past camp attendees were recorded and interviewed about their personal experiences at camp. Caregivers of campers were also interviewed, who shared about the positive impact camp had on their family. Multiple benefits were found for this type of camp in both the research and interview components of this project.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2015
Pages 21
Department Department of Child Life
Degree Bachelor of Arts
Language English
University University of Akron
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Cancer
  3. Children
  4. Health