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  1. 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...

  2. Editorial: Children and Companion Animals: Psychosocial, Medical and Neurobiological Implications

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrea Beetz, lynette arnason hart, Brinda Inida Jegatheesan, Naoko Koda

    This Research Topic presents experiences with companion animals provided to children in varied settings. Methods include monitoring of the ongoing interaction of children with companion animals, or conducting interviews or surveys, as well as experimental interventions where changes occurring...

  3. Therapeutic horseback riding crossover effects of attachment behaviors with family pets in a sample of children with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Petty, J. D., Pan, ZhaoXing

    The unique needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have implications for animal welfare. This nested pilot study examined the effects of a randomized trial of 10-week therapeutic horseback riding (THR) intervention versus a no-horse barn activity (BA) control group on...

  4. Affectionate Interactions of Cats with Children Having Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: lynette arnason hart, abigail p thigpen, Neil H Willits, Leslie A. Lyons, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Benjamin L Hart

    Mental and physical benefits of dogs have been reported for adults and children with special needs, but less is known about benefits of cats for children. A cat that can be held by a child could provide important therapeutic companionship for children with severe or less severe autism spectrum...

  5. The Alone Rangers and Silver

    | Contributor(s):: Arnold, L. Eugene

  6. Animal-assisted Activities for Students With Disabilities: Obtaining Stakeholders' Approval and Planning Strategies for Teachers

    | Contributor(s):: Baumgartner, Erin, Cho, Jeong-il

  7. Doing, being and becoming : the sociality of children with autism in activities with therapy dogs and other people

    | Contributor(s):: Solomon, Olga

  8. Analysis of child-dog play behavior in child psychiatry

    | Contributor(s):: Prothmann, A., Albrecht, K., Dietrich, S., Hornfeck, U., Stieber, S., Ettrich, C.

    Children have a natural affinity for animals and most often communicate with them nonverbally; nonverbal communication is authentic and difficult to influence deliberately. This study examines whether characteristic interaction patterns exist during pet-facilitated therapy with dogs, and whether...