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Animal-Assisted Activities for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Page Walker Buck, Angela Lavery

Category Journal Articles

This exploratory study was designed to investigate parental perceptions of animal- assisted activities for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In-depth interviews with 10 families provided insight into the possible mechanisms by which human-animal interactions impact socioemotional behaviors for children ASD. Parents suggested that interactions with animals are qualitatively different than interactions with humans allowing for enhanced communication and connection through reductions in anxiety and frustration. Bearing witness to these human-animal interactions and their concomitant impact on human-human interactions provided parents with feelings of happiness, optimism and hope.

Date 2020
Publication Title Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 78-89
ISBN/ISSN 2333-522X
URL https://www.apa-hai.org/haib/download-info/animal-assisted-activities-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders/
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Autism
  3. open access
  4. Parenting
  5. peer-reviewed
  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed