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Effects of animal-assisted therapy on behavior and reading in the classroom

By Ashley Elizabeth Booten

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Abstract Research has shown that the presence of a therapy dog in the classroom should elicit a calming effect, reduce stress, and promote positive interactions among peers and adults. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect a therapy dog has on behavior and reading in the classroom. Specifically, the study will be comparing behavior gradesand reading scores for two groups of students: one that received Animal Assisted Therapy and one that did not receive Animal Assisted Therapy. Data were collected from two fifth-grade classrooms. There were 17 fifth-grade students in the experimental groupand 15 in the control group. Results showed that there was no significant difference in pre- and post-test behavior for the experimental and control group. Also, there was no significant difference in reading for the experimental and control groups.
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Stephanie Schaffner

Location of Publication Huntington, WV
Degree Ed.S.
URL http://mds.marshall.edu/etd/22/
Language English
University Marshall University
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  1. Animal-assisted education
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Behavioral research
  4. Behavior control
  5. Child development
  6. Classroom
  7. Dogs
  8. Mammals
  9. Reading