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  1. International Society for Animal Assisted Therapy

    The International Society for Animal Assisted Therapy, ISAAT, is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to quality assurance in the practice of animal assisted interventions.ISAAT accredits curricula for continuing education for persons working in the field of animal assisted therapy,...

  2. «Det får frem mye følelser når man jobber med hester, synes jeg. Både triste og fine ting da» – En kvalitativ studie om tidligere stoffmisbrukeres erfaringer med rehabiliteringstiltaket dyreassisterte aktiviteter og veien mot økt livskvalitet

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne Maren Friestad

    Dyreassisterte aktiviteter er et tverrfaglig tiltak som er brukt i sosialt arbeid for å støtte utsatte grupper. Hensikten med denne studien er å belyse hvordan stoffmisbrukere i rehabilitering kan oppleve dyreassisterte aktiviteter (DAA), og på hvilke måter dette...

  3. Animal-assisted therapy for the promotion of social competence: A conceptual framework

    | Contributor(s):: Narvekar, Hemangi Narayan, Ghani, Sarah

  4. Animal-Assisted Interventions Improve Mental, But Not Cognitive or Physiological Health Outcomes of Higher Education Students: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Huber, A., Klug, S. J., Abraham, A., Westenberg, E., Schmidt, V., Winkler, A. S.

    Due to the high burden of mental health issues among students at higher education institutions world-wide, animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) are being used to relieve student stress. The objective of this study was to systematically review of the effects of AAIs on the mental, physiological,...

  5. Animals in Animal-Assisted Services: Are They Volunteers or Professionals?

    | Contributor(s):: Wijnen, B., Martens, P.

    With the increasingly common practice of Animal-Assisted Services (AAS), whether in therapy, coaching, education, or volunteering programs, the concern over animal welfare has also risen. However, no standards have yet been established for good practices to ensure the animal's mental health. This...

  6. An International Survey of Animals in Schools: Exploring What Sorts of Schools Involve What Sorts of Animals, and Educators' Rationales for These Practices

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    | Contributor(s):: Helen Lewis, Russell Grigg, Cathryn Knight

    Over recent decades, the use of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in educational settings has attracted growing international interest both among educators and the research community. However, there has been little comparative analysis of the demographics of participants and the rationale...

  7. Oct 06 2022

    Animal Assisted Interventions Webinar Series - Decoding equine behavior for wellbeing management: An introduction for AAI professionals

    https://habricentral.org/events/details/626

  8. Effects of a Dog-Assisted Social- and Emotional-Competence Training for Prisoners: A Controlled Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Hediger, K., Marti, R., Urfer, V., Schenk, A., Gutwein, V., Dörr, C.

    BACKGROUND: Previous research has called for improving psychological interventions and developing new treatments for prisoners. Animal-assisted prison-based programmes have increasingly been used as an approach, but there is a lack of studies investigating the effectiveness of such programmes....

  9. Exploring Implementation of Animal-Assisted Interventions as Health Promotion Initiatives on University Campuses

    | Contributor(s):: Cooke, E., Warner, E., Henderson-Wilson, C.

  10. Psychophysiological mechanisms underlying the potential health benefits of human-dog interactions: A systematic literature review

    | Contributor(s):: Teo, J. T., Johnstone, S. J., Römer, S. S., Thomas, S. J.

  11. Dogs trigger attention during Animal Assisted Intervention in prison: a preliminary study

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    | Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Martine Hausberger, Christine Heyraud, Astrid Hirschelmann

    Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) seem to offer promising possibilities to prevent daily conditions of inmates (overcrowding or social isolation); however, nothing is known either about the potential processes involved or impact AAI on the development of interactions between inmates. We...

  12. Sep 01 2022

    Animal Assisted Interventions Webinar Series - Unique AAI Species: A Guideline for Practitioners

    https://habricentral.org/events/details/624

  13. Can dog-assisted and relaxation interventions boost spatial ability in children with and without special educational needs? A longitudinal, randomized controlled trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Brelsford, V. L., Dimolareva, M., Rowan, E., Gee, N. R., Meints, K.

    Children's spatial cognition abilities are a vital part of their learning and cognitive development, and important for their problem-solving capabilities, the development of mathematical skills and progress in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) topics. As many children have...

  14. The Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Reducing Student Anxiety in School Settings

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Stables

    Anxiety has a detrimental effect on child development in numerous capacities including academics, peer relationships, and long-term effects if left untreated (Nail et al., 2015; Siegel, LaGreca & Harrison, 2009; Van Ameringen, Mancini & Farvolden, 2001). The use of animalassisted...

  15. Effect of human-dog interaction on therapy dog stress during an on-campus student stress buster event

    | Contributor(s):: Sarrafchi, Amir, David-Steel, Matéa, Pearce, Sydney D., de Zwaan, Natassja, Merkies, Katrina

  16. Dog-Assisted Physical Activity Intervention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Feasibility and Efficacy Exploratory Study

    | Contributor(s):: Abadi, Mahdi Rostami Haji, Hase, Bethany, Dell, Colleen, Johnston, James D., Kontulainen, Saija

  17. Specific and Non-specific Factors of Animal-Assisted Interventions Considered in Research: A Systematic Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Wagner, C., Grob, C., Hediger, K.

    Research on animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) has increased massively in the last few years. But it is still not clear how AAIs work and how important the animal is in such interventions. The aim of this systematic review was to compile the existing state of knowledge about the working...

  18. Animal-Assisted Interventions With Dogs in Special Education-A Systematic Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Meixner, J., Kotrschal, K.

    Dogs are becoming increasingly popular in pedagogical settings. Particularly children with special educational needs are believed to benefit from dog-assisted interventions. However, reliable evidence for supporting such claims is still scarce and reports on the effectiveness of this approach...

  19. Canine-Assisted Interventions and the Relevance of Welfare Assessments for Human Health, and Transmission of Zoonosis: A Literature Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Meers, L. L., Contalbrigo, L., Samuels, W. E., Duarte-Gan, C., Berckmans, D., Laufer, S. J., Stevens, V. A., Walsh, E. A., Normando, S.

    CAIs (canine-assisted interventions) include "canine-assisted therapy" in which a therapist sets client-oriented goals, 'canine-assisted activities' with recreational goals for clients, and 'canine-assisted education/learning' in which teachers or coaches create learning...

  20. Exploring School Staff Perceptions Relating to Animals and Their Involvement in Interventions to Support Mental Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Leos, R. A., Cuccaro, P. M., Herbold, J. R., Hernandez, B. F.

    Given the growing awareness of the health benefits of human-animal interactions, the use of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in educational settings has increased over the years. While many school districts are now considering or utilizing AAIs, the literature investigating AAI-related...