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  1. Assessing effects of an assistance dog on social communication and interaction of a child with autism spectrum disorder and his family: An exploratory single-case study

    Contributor(s):: Guay, Claudia, Forget, Jacques, Abouzeid, Nadia

  2. A Prospective Cohort Study Investigating the Behavioural Development of Bitches in a Guide Dog Training Programme Neutered Prepubertally or Post-Pubertally

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    | Contributor(s):: Moxon, R., Freeman, S., Payne, R., Corr, S., England, G. C. W.

    There are few studies that investigate the effect of neutering bitches before or after puberty. The majority of current literature examining the impact of the timing of neutering on health and behaviour has used age rather than the onset of puberty as the key variable. The aim of this...

  3. Defining Terms Used for Animals Working in Support Roles for People with Support Needs

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    | Contributor(s):: Howell, T. J., Nieforth, L., Thomas-Pino, C., Samet, L., Agbonika, S., Cuevas-Pavincich, F., Fry, N. E., Hill, K., Jegatheesan, B., Kakinuma, M., MacNamara, M., Mattila-Rautiainen, S., Perry, A., Tardif-Williams, C. Y., Walsh, E. A., Winkle, M., Yamamoto, M., Yerbury, R., Rawat, V., Alm, K., Avci, A., Bailey, T., Baker, H., Benton, P., Binney, C., Boyle, S., Brandes, H., Carr, A. M., Coombe, W., Coulter, K., Darby, A., Davies, L., Delisle, E., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Fournier, A., Fox, M., Gee, N., Graham, T. M., Hamilton-Bruce, A., Hansen, T. G. B., Hart, L., Heirs, M., Hooper, J., Howe, R., Johnson, E., Jones, M., Karagiannis, C., Kieson, E., Kim, S. A., Kivlen, C., Lanning, B., Lewis, H., Linder, D., Mai, D. L., Mariti, C., Mead, R., Ferreira, G. M., Ngai, D., O'Keeffe, S., O'Connor, G., Olsen, C., Ormerod, E., Power, E. R., Pritchard, P. A., Rodriguez, K., Rook, D., Ruby, M. B., Schofield, L., Signal, T., Steel, J., Stone, W., Symonds, M., Rooy, D. V., Warda, T., Wilson, M., Young, J., Bennett, P.

    The nomenclature used to describe animals working in roles supporting people can be confusing. The same term may be used to describe different roles, or two terms may mean the same thing. This confusion is evident among researchers, practitioners, and end users. Because certain animal roles are...

  4. A Systematic Review of the Effect of Assistance Dog Ownership on Practical Support, Health, and Wellbeing: Implications for Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Salmon, A. J., Pachana, N. A.

  5. Benefits and Challenges of Assistance Dogs for Families of Children on the Autism Spectrum: Mothers' Perspectives

    | Contributor(s):: Hellings, D., Joosten, A., Hatfield, M., Netto, J.

  6. Facility dogs in educational programs for young children: Definition, rationale, issues, and implementation

    | Contributor(s):: Jalongo, Mary Renck, Permenter, Faithe A., Conrad, Kristina

    A facility dog in a school is a comparatively recent category of working dog. These dogs typically are trained at the assistance, or service dog, level and are thoroughly prepared for their role. The school facility dog accompanies an owner/handler, who is a professional employee of the school,...

  7. Understanding the participation outcomes for persons with disability when partnered with assistance dogs: A scoping review

    | Contributor(s):: Futeran, N., Mackenzie, L., Wilkes-Gillan, S., Dickson, C.

    INTRODUCTION: Assistance dogs are trained to support persons living with disability and mitigate limitations that hinder their participation in everyday activities. Despite participation being a frequent challenge for people with disabilities, evidence linking assistance dog provision to improved...

  8. What Patients Prioritize for Research to Improve Their Lives and How Their Priorities Get Dismissed again

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    | Contributor(s):: Groot, B., Haveman, A., Buree, M., Zuijlen, R. V., Zuijlen, J. V., Abma, T.

    Health researchers increasingly work with patients in a participatory fashion. Active patient involvement throughout the research process can provide epistemic justice to patients who have often only had an informant role in traditional health research. This study aims to conduct participatory...

  9. Discrimination towards People Partnered with Assistance Dogs in Canada: Implications for Policy and Practice

    | Contributor(s):: Graham, Taryn M., Lucyk, Kelsey, Diep, Lucy, Rock, Melanie J.

  10. Atlas Assistance Dogs

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    Atlas fundamentally expands access to assistance dogs. We support people with disabilities to train and certify their own service dog using positive, ethical training methods. At Atlas, we believe anyone who would benefit from a qualified assistance dog should be able to have one.

  11. Interactions between the Public and Assistance Dog Handlers and Trainers

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    | Contributor(s):: McManus, B., Good, G., Yeung, P.

    This research aimed to explore the experiences of handlers and trainers of disability assistance dogs in terms of the types of interactions they had with members of the Aotearoa NZ (NZ) public and how these interactions were perceived, interpreted, and managed. A qualitative method, guided by...

  12. Brief Report: Above and Beyond Safety: Psychosocial and Biobehavioral Impact of Autism-Assistance Dogs on Autistic Children and their Families

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    | Contributor(s):: Tseng, A.

    Autism-Assistance Dogs (AADs) are highly-skilled service animals trained primarily to ensure the safety of an autistic child by preventing elopement and mitigating 'meltdowns'. Although anecdotal accounts and case-studies have indicated that AADs confer benefits above and beyond...

  13. For Your Enrichment: Assistance Animals in the Library: How One Academic Library Developed Best Practices

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca M. Marrall

    Effectively addressing concerns about assistance animals in any library setting is often problematic due to a lack of awareness about assistance animals in general, which then leads to uncertainty on how to proceed in these situations. Library personnel, regardless of library type, are often...

  14. Experiences of People with Multiple Sclerosis and their use of Assistance Dogs: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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    | Contributor(s):: O'Connor, Gráinne Ann

    In this thesis, findings are reported from a qualitative study of eleven people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) who between them have used nineteen assistance dogs for more than two decades. The first recorded use of dogs specifically trained to help people living with physical impairments...

  15. Low risk of transmission of pathogenic bacteria between children and the assistance dog during animal-assisted therapy if strict rules are followed

    | Contributor(s):: Edner, A., Lindström-Nilsson, M., Melhus, Å

  16. The impact of owning a hearing dog on quality of life, hearing handicap, and social functioning: an Australian cohort

    | Contributor(s):: Singh, G., Driscoll, C., Pachana, N. A.

  17. Australian occupational therapists' knowledge of the purpose, scope, and funding of assistance dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Iong, K. K., Bould, E., Lalor, A., Callaway, L.

  18. Fake Service Dogs: Leading by Example

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    | Contributor(s):: Joshua Ferguson

    This qualitative research examines public awareness pertaining to the protocols surrounding service dogs and their handlers, known collectively as the service team. The use of service dogs has been on the increase as more people discover the benefits provided by service dogs. The increase in...

  19. Benefits and challenges of mobility and medical alert service dogs for caregivers of service dog recipients

    | Contributor(s):: Nieforth, L. O., Rodriguez, K. E., O'Haire, M. E.

  20. Current Rules and Regulations for Dogs Working in Assistance, Service, and Support Roles

    | Contributor(s):: McMichael, M. A., Smith-Blackmore, M.