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  1. Equine Assisted Interventions (EAIs): Methodological Considerations for Stress Assessment in Horses

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    | Contributor(s):: Marta De Santis, Laura Contalbrigo, Marta Borgi, Francesca Cirulli, Fabio Luzi, Veronica Redaelli, Annalisa Stefani, Marica Toson, Rosangela Odore, Cristina Vercelli, Emanuela Valle, Luca Farina

    Equine assisted interventions (EAIs) are recently facing an increasing popularity, and are characterized by a wide diversity of practices. However, information on the welfare of animals involved in this kind of activity is often lacking. Horses are highly susceptible to work stressors related...

  2. Effectiveness of a Combined Intervention on Psychological and Physical Capacities of Frail Older Adults: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Apostolo, J., Dixe, M. D. A., Bobrowicz-Campos, E., Areosa, T., Santos-Rocha, R., Brauna, M., Ribeiro, J., Marques, I., Freitas, J., Almeida, M. L., Couto, F.

  3. Companion Animals and Health in Older Populations: A Systematic Review

    | Contributor(s):: Hughes, M. J., Verreynne, M. L., Harpur, P., Pachana, N. A.

  4. The benefits of an animal-assisted intervention service to patients and staff at a children's hospital

    | Contributor(s):: Uglow, L. S.

  5. Animal-assisted activity improves social behaviors in psychiatrically hospitalized youth with autism

    | Contributor(s):: Germone, Monique M., Gabriels, Robin L., Guérin, Noémie A., Pan, Zhaoxing, Banks, Tiffany, O'Haire, Marguerite E.

  6. Effects of Short-Term Human-Horse Interactions on Human Heart Rate Variability: A Multiple Single Case Study

    | Contributor(s):: Saan Ecker, Amy Lykins

  7. The Human–Animal Relationship as the Focus of Animal-Assisted Interventions: A One Health Approach

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    | Contributor(s):: Lucia Francesca Menna, Antonio Santaniello, Margherita Todisco, Alessia Amato, Luca Borrelli, Cristiano Scandurra, Alessandro Fioretti

  8. Development of an animal-assisted activity program on a pediatric behavioral health unit

    | Contributor(s):: Fodstad, J. C., Bauers, J., Sexton, M., Butler, M., Karlsson, C., Neff, M.

  9. Exploring the Handler-Dog Connection within a University-Based Animal-Assisted Activity

    | Contributor(s):: Kuzara, S., Pendry, P., Gee, N. R.

  10. Animal-Assisted Activity for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parents' and Therapists' Perception

    | Contributor(s):: Michelotto, A. L. L., Anater, A., Guebert, M. C. C., Borges, T. D., Michelotto, P. V., Jr., Pimpao, C. T.

  11. Engagement in elderly persons with dementia attending animal-assisted group activity

    | Contributor(s):: Olsen, C., Pedersen, I., Bergland, A., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Ihlebaek, C.

  12. Effects of Animal-Assisted Activity on Mood States and Feelings in a Psychiatric Setting

    | Contributor(s):: Brown, S., Snelders, J., Godbold, J., Moran-Peters, J., Driscoll, D., Donoghue, D., Mathew, L., Eckardt, S.

  13. Development of a Dog-Assisted Activity Program in an Elementary Classroom

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    | Contributor(s):: Cinzia Correale, Lara Crescimbene, Marta Borgi, Francesca Cirulli

    Here we describe a pilot Dog-Assisted Activity program that was designed to improve wellbeing and social integration in a multi-cultural elementary classroom in which some episodes of bullying had been reported. We developed a 5-encounters protocol with the aim of introducing pet dogs into the...

  14. Social rivalry triggers visual attention in children with autism spectrum disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Yentl Gautier, Pauline Brugaillères, Inès Tiercelin, Carole Jacq, Marie-Claude Lebret, Martine Hausberger

    Visual social attention is central to social functioning and learning and may act as a reinforcer. Social rivalry, which occurs when an individual is excluded from dyadic interactions, can promote interspecific learning by triggering attention. We applied it to an animal-assisted intervention,...

  15. Triads in Equine-Assisted Social Work Enhance Therapeutic Relationships with Self-Harming Adolescents

    | Contributor(s):: Catharina Carlsson

    Despite an increasing number of studies, there is still a lack of knowledge about the unique features that underlie the process in equine assisted social work (EASW). This study aimed to reveal, through qualitative methods, the dyads within the triad that become stronger during the process of...

  16. Parent perceptions of the quality of life of pet dogs living with neuro-typically developing and neuro-atypically developing children: An exploratory study

    | Contributor(s):: Sophie S Hall, Hannah F Wright, Daniel S Mills

    There is growing scientific and societal recognition of the role that pet dogs can play in healthy development of children; both those who are neuro-typically developing and those who live with a neuro-developmental disorder, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However,...

  17. Replication Pilot Trial of Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Cortisol Collection With Children on the Autism Spectrum

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    | Contributor(s):: Pan, Z., Granger, D. A., Guerin, N. A.

    We aimed to determine whether results of our prior randomized control trial [RCT; NCT02301195, (1)] of Therapeutic Horseback Riding (THR) for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could be replicated at a different riding center and if treatment effects also...

  18. Dog Training Intervention Shows Social-Cognitive Change in the Journals of Incarcerated Youth

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    | Contributor(s):: Syzmanski, T., Casey, R. J., Johnson, A., Cano, A.

    There is limited research assessing the effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Therapy in at-risk adolescent populations. In a recent study, 138 adjudicated adolescents participated in a randomized controlled trial of an animal-assisted intervention, in which participants either trained shelter dogs...

  19. A Wearable System for the Evaluation of the Human-Horse Interaction: A Preliminary Study

    | Contributor(s):: Andrea Guidi, Antonio Lanata, Paolo Baragli, Gaetano Valenza, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo

    This study reports on a preliminary estimation of the human-horse interaction through the analysis of the heart rate variability (HRV) in both human and animal by using the dynamic time warping (DTW) algorithm. Here, we present a wearable system for HRV monitoring in horses. Specifically, we...

  20. Early diagnosis and intervention for autism spectrum disorder in Africa: insights from a case study

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicole Wannenburg, Roelf van Niekerk

    Awareness and concern regarding the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased worldwide.1-3 In high resource countries, this has led to an increase in funding for ASD research and the inclusion of ASD in health policies.1,4 Despite an increase in research on ASD in Africa in the...