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  1. Feasibility Study of an Equine-Assisted Learning Intervention for Children with Disabilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Laura Hopson, Joy O’Neal, Rebecca Bailey, Jaycee Dugard, Kristen McGraw, Candace Hanenberg, Debbie Anderson, Blair McKissock, Amy Traylor, Christianna Parker, Connor Samples

    Interest in equine-assisted learning (EAL) has grown rapidly among behavioral health professionals. The available research on the effects of EAL are limited, sparse, and mostly exploratory in nature. In this feasibility study, we evaluated the effectiveness of an EAL intervention, the Just Ask...

  2. How meeting with the horse may contribute to a balanced life: Co-constructing a project-based leisure

    | Contributor(s):: Payette, Benoît, Chrétien, Lise

  3. Supporting young readers: A mixed-methods study of their literacy, behaviour, and perceptions when reading aloud to dogs or adults

    | Contributor(s):: Syrnyk, Corinne, McArthur, Alisa, Zwack, Alyson, Handelsman, Allison

  4. Are you and your dog competent? Integrating animal-assisted play therapy competencies

    | Contributor(s):: Hartwig, Elizabeth Kjellstrand, Pliske, Michelle M.

  5. Impact of COVID-19 on Service Dog Organizations

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    | Contributor(s):: Danny Benbassat, Abigail Konopasky, Michael Fox

    The 2019 coronavirus pandemic led to federal, state, and local measures that paralyzed businesses across the nation. Among them were behavioral and mental health nonprofit organizations. The purpose of this study was to understand the impact of the pandemic on nonprofit programs that train and...

  6. Who Is the Good Boy/Girl? Perspectives of French Handlers in AAI on the Selection of Their Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Alice Mignot, Gérard Leboucher, Véronique J. Servais, Karelle de Luca

    Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) are well implemented in various health care settings; however, there is little data on the characteristics of the mediation dogs and their selection, which can influence the well-being of both the dogs and the beneficiaries. This study aims to gain a better...

  7. Risks and benefits of animal-assisted interventions for critically ill patients admitted to intensive care units

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    | Contributor(s):: Fiore, M., Cortegiani, A., Friolo, G., Frigieri Covani, F., Cardia, L., Ferraro, F., Alampi, D.

    BackgroundPets offer significant health benefits, from decreased cardiovascular risks to anxiety and post-traumatic stress improvements. Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) are not frequently practiced in the intensive care unit (ICU) for fear of health risk for critical patients because there is...

  8. Animal-Assisted Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review of the Literature from 2016 to 2020

    | Contributor(s):: Nieforth, L. O., Schwichtenberg, A. J., O'Haire, M. E.

  9. Animal-Assisted Interventions and Animal Welfare-An Exploratory Survey in Germany

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    | Contributor(s):: Ameli, K., Braun, T. F., Krämer, S.

    BACKGROUND: Animals play a crucial role in social occupational fields. The positive effects of animals are described in theory and practice. However, the significance of animal welfare in animal-assisted intervention settings has not yet been extensively researched, so that the aim of this...

  10. Mrs. K's Farm

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    Ms. K's Farm is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to bringing therapeutic relief and life long learning through the connection of animals and nature. 

  11. Green Care LuontoHoiva -laatumerkin hakuprosessin kuvaus Vaalijalan eläinavusteiselle toiminnalle

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    | Contributor(s):: Tanja Auvinen, Enni Leväinen, Marko Tolska

    Kehittämistyön tarkoituksena oli kuvata Green Care LuontoHoiva -laatumerkin hakuprosessi Vaalijalan eläinavusteiselle toiminnalle. Eläinavusteinen toiminta edistää hyvinvointia ja perustuu ihmisen ja eläimen väliseen vuorovaikutukseen. Vaalijala on...

  12. Horse Use and Care in Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Watson

    The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is an organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding (THR) and other equine-assisted activities and therapies in the United States. Research on how horses are used and cared for in PATH Intl.-affiliated...

  13. Remotely and collaboratively evaluating a campus-based therapy dog program during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Fletcher-Hildebrand, S., Williamson, L., Lawson, K., Dell, C.

    The COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected the wellbeing of university students and adults in general, emphasizing the need for mental health programming that was compliant with physical distancing mandates. The present evaluation investigated mental health and social connection within the...

  14. Effects of Equine Interaction on Mutual Autonomic Nervous System Responses and Interoception in a Learning Program for Older Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: Ann L. Baldwin, Lisa Walters, Barbara K. Rector, Ann C. Alden

    Equine-assisted learning (EAL) may improve the health of older adults, but scientific data are sparse. This study investigated whether people aged 55 and older show increased heart rate variability (HRV) during EAL and awareness of bodily sensations that are overall pleasant. Subjects (n =...

  15. Hundassisterade aktiviteter för lindrande av ensamhetskänslor : Utveckling av en handlingsmodell för lindrande av ensamhet bland hemmaboende äldre med hjälp av den sociala tjänstehunden

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    | Contributor(s):: Nanette Westergård-Sjölund

    Nya och innovativa metoder krävs för att effektivt kunna behandla det problem som ensamhet bland hemmaboende äldre utgör. Den demografiska utvecklingen visar att åldersgruppen äldre blir allt större i vårt land, samtidigt som den äldre...

  16. Intervenciones asistidas con perros en alumnado con Trastorno del Espectro Autista. Una revisión de la literatura

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    | Contributor(s):: María Poveda Gómez, Diana Marín Suelves, Sandra Navarro Sánchez

    El presente trabajo constituye una revisión bibliográfica sobre la intervención asistida con perros en niños con trastorno del espectro autista en edad escolar. Los objetivos de la investigación son conocer las metas que persiguen las intervenciones asistidas...

  17. Healing Pause

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    Our mission is to provide trained and sponsored on-staff facility/therapy dogs to organizations serving communities in need.   An on-staff dog allows for deeper encounters between staff and residents, patients, and the public. These therapeutic interactions create lasting ripple effects...

  18. When Therapy Dogs Provide Virtual Comfort: Exploring University Students' Insights and Perspectives

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    | Contributor(s):: Christine Yvette Tardif-Williams, John-Tyler Binfet, Freya L. L. Green, Renata P. S. Roma, Akshat Singal, Camille X. Rousseau, Rebecca J. P. Godard

    With the proliferation of canine-assisted interventions and the emphasis placed on the impact of these sessions in bolstering the well-being of visitors to sessions, especially university students, it can be easy to overlook just how participating in one of these sessions is experienced by...

  19. Equine Assisted Activities to help Minors With Autism Spectrum Disorder. A Literature Review

    | Contributor(s):: Axpe, Inge, Ramos-Diaz, Estibaliz, Fernandez-Lasarte, Oihane, Rodriguez-Fernandez, Arantzazu

  20. Application of attachement theory to equine-facilitated therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Aviva Vincent, Kathleen J. Farkas

    Over the past two decades there has been a growing body of evidence, clinical and anecdotal, that equine-facilitated therapy (EFT) is a powerful tool for social workers and mental health clinicians. Recent research studies have begun to identify, name, and explain the mechanisms of EFT as a...