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  1. "Dogs on Call": A Community-Engaged Human Subjects Training with Hospital Based Therapy Dog Teams

    Contributor(s):: Townsend, L., Towsley, N., Gee, N. R.

  2. Understanding canine-assisted literacy programs: A multiple case study

    Contributor(s):: Bruneau, Laura, Timmons, Beverly, Ianson, Shauna, Tucker, Jeff D.

  3. 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...

  4. Dog-assisted interventions for adults diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders: a systematic review

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    | Contributor(s):: Tyssedal, M. K., Johnsen, E., Brønstad, A., Skrede, S.

    BACKGROUND: Many individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders experience insufficient symptom relief from currently available treatment options. Researching additional venues should be prioritized. This systematic review, designed in accordance with PRISMA, examined the effect...

  5. Dog assisted education in children with rheumatic diseases and adolescents with chronic pain in Germany

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    | Contributor(s):: Kiesewetter, J., Herbach, N., Landes, I., Mayer, J., Elgner, V., Orle, K., Grunow, A., Langkau, R., Gratzer, C., Jansson, A. F.

    OBJECTIVES: Animal assisted intervention is an increasingly accepted tool to improve human well-being. The present study was performed to assess whether dog assisted education has a positive effect on children suffering from rheumatic disorders with pain and adolescents with chronic pain...

  6. Group Changes in Cortisol and Heart Rate Variability of Children with Down Syndrome and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder during Dog-Assisted Therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Griffioen, R. E., van Boxtel, G. J. M., Verheggen, T., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Van Der Steen, S.

    Dog-assisted therapy is hypothesized to lower stress in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and children with Down syndrome (DS), which may be visible on a physiological level. In this study, we measured heart rate variability (HRV) and salivary cortisol of 20 children with DS or ASD...

  7. Unleashing compassionate care: canine-assisted intervention as a promising harm reduction approach to prisonization in Canada and its relevance to forensic psychiatry

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    | Contributor(s):: Gibson, M., Dell, C. A., Chalmers, D., Rath, G., Mela, M.

    In recent years, there has been a global advancement in the offering of canine-assisted interventions (CAI) in prisons. However, these programs have focused primarily on the benefits to the dogs involved and not on the impact on the participants. The authors of this perspective study have been...

  8. Exploring health behaviors and the role of pet dogs in households with autistic children: the DANE study

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    | Contributor(s):: Adkins, J. R., Mulé, C. M., Linder, D. E., Must, A., Cash, S. B., Folta, S. C.

    INTRODUCTION: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often presents a unique set of risk factors that impact healthy eating and physical activity. Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) are a promising approach for autistic children. There is growing evidence for the positive impact of AAIs on...

  9. 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...

  10. Understanding the Role of Therapy Dogs in Human Health Promotion

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    | Contributor(s):: McDowall, S., Hazel, S. J., Cobb, M., Hamilton-Bruce, A.

    Dogs may provide humans with a range of physical, mental and social benefits. Whilst there is growing scientific evidence of benefits to humans, there has been less focus on the impact to canine health, welfare and ethical considerations for the dogs. The importance of animal welfare is...

  11. Human-Animal Interaction in Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI)s: Zoonosis Risks, Benefits, and Future Directions-A One Health Approach

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    | Contributor(s):: Liguori, G., Costagliola, A., Lombardi, R., Paciello, O., Giordano, A.

    Animal-assisted interventions (AAI)s represent the expression of integrated medicine, according to the One Health approach. Actually, animal-assisted therapies and animal-assisted activities are implemented in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, etc. The efficacy of AAIs is based on...

  12. Children's Relationships with a Non-Vertebrate Animal: The Case of a Giant African Land Snail (Achatina fulica) at School

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    | Contributor(s):: Hirschenhauser, K., Brodesser, L.

    Employing living animals in educational settings is popular and may assist learning. Human-animal relationships are considered fundamental for the effects of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) on successful learning. Key studies on AAI emphasize dogs, or other large-brained vertebrates, while...

  13. 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. 

  14. Advancing Methods in Animal-Assisted Intervention: Demonstration of Starting Points in Clinical Practice for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Clay, C. J., Schmitz, B. A., Hogg, A. D., Keicher, E. S., Clohisy, A. M., Kahng, S.

    Therapy animals have been frequently included in interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); however, direct and systematic procedures such as assessing preference for and reinforcing efficacy of the animals are rarely conducted. Assessing preference for stimuli is valuable...

  15. School Parent Attitudes and Perceptions Relating to Animals, Animal-Assisted Interventions, and the Support of Children's Mental Health

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

    Growing awareness of the negative effects of trauma has led San Antonio, TX, school districts to expand efforts that can help mitigate these effects and support mental health. Given the literature around the psychological benefits of human-animal interactions, the concept of incorporating...

  16. Improvement of Self-Esteem in Children with Specific Learning Disorders after Donkey-Assisted Therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Corallo, F., Bonanno, L., Cardile, D., Luvarà, F., Giliberto, S., Di Cara, M., Leonardi, S., Quartarone, A., Rao, G., Pidalà, A.

    Dyslexia is a learning disorder related to receptive language characterized by difficulties with decoding, fluent word recognition, automatic naming skills and/or reading comprehension skills. It usually leads to severe functional impairment and the permanent need for support and interventions....

  17. Circumscribed interests in autism: Can animals potentially re-engage social attention?

    | Contributor(s):: Valiyamattam, G. J., Katti, H., Chaganti, V. K., O'Haire, M. E., Sachdeva, V.

  18. Behavioural reactions of rabbits during AAI sessions

    | Contributor(s):: Součková, Michaela, Přibylová, Lucie, Jurčová, Lenka, Chaloupková, Helena

  19. Animal-Assisted Intervention for Healthcare Professionals: An Occupational Therapy Facilitated Program

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    | Contributor(s):: Samantha Coyle, Caitlin Duggan

    Introduction: This scholarly project explores literature regarding Animal-Assisted Interventions and possible impacts on healthcare professionals. Literature published within the past two decades has emphasized the various roles and benefits that the presence of animals may provide within...

  20. Animal-assisted and robotic animal-assisted interventions within dementia care: A systematic review

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    | Contributor(s):: Shoesmith, E., Surr, C., Ratschen, E.

    BACKGROUND: Animal-assisted interventions and robotic animal interventions are becoming increasingly popular to support the care of people with dementia and may have the potential to improve a range of psychosocial outcomes. This review aims to identify, describe, and compare animal-assisted...