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Therapy Dogs Assisting Those With Autism

By Yung Yung Chan, Courtney Zinna, Dana DeLuca, Ali Locke, Julie M. Fagan

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The use of animals in assisting people with special needs is gaining acceptance. However, the assessment and success of animal-assisted therapy programs has primarily been based on anecdotal evidence. We have designed a pilot study to determine whether therapy dogs may be beneficial in assisting those with autism spectrum disorder. Interested families wishing to inquire about or voluntarily participate in this free Rutgers University study should go to


Katie Carroll

Date 2012
Pages 19
Publisher Rutgers University
Department Animal Science
Language English
University Rutgers University
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Autism
  4. Children
  5. Dogs
  6. Health
  7. Human health
  8. Mammals
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Rehabilitation
  11. Service animals
  12. therapy animals