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  1. Living and Robotic Dogs as Elicitors of Social Communication Behavior and Regulated Emotional Responding in Individuals with Autism and Severe Language Delay: A Preliminary Comparative Study

    Contributor(s):: Silva, Karine, Lima, Mariely, Santos-Magalhães, André, Fafiães, Carla, Sousa, Liliana de

    The inclusion of animals and robots in therapeutic interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become more common. This study provides a first comparison between the potential of living versus robotic dogs to elicit social communication behavior and regulated emotional responses in...

  2. Animal-assisted Social Skills Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Contributor(s):: Becker, Joanna L., Rogers, Erica C., Burrows, Bethany

    Recent research indicates that youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show increases in prosocial behaviors in the presence of animals, yet few studies have examined the effects of incorporating animals into treatments. The current study evaluated the effectiveness of an animal-assisted social...

  3. Pet Dogs Improve Family Functioning and Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Contributor(s):: Wright, Hannah, Hall, Sophie, Hames, Annette, Hardiman, Jessica, Mills, Richard, Team, Paws Project, Mills, Daniel

    There is increasing evidence to suggest that dogs are beneficial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in therapy sessions, and anecdotal reports suggest that dogs may have wider benefits, in a family setting. This study investigated the effect of dog ownership on family functioning...

  4. The Meaning of Companion Animals for Children and Adolescents with Autism: The Parents' Perspective

    Contributor(s):: Byström, Kristina M., Persson, Cristina A. Lundqvist

    The aim of this study was to understand parents' perspectives on how children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) benefit from a relationship with companion animals. Parents were invited to participate in focus-group discussions. One open-ended question with follow-up questions...

  5. Exploring human–companion animal interaction in families of children with autism

    Contributor(s):: Carlisle, Gretchen K., Johnson, Rebecca A., Wang, Ze, Brosi, Timothy C., Rife, Emily M., Hutchison, Alisa

    AbstractThe study goal was to explore companion animal (CA) ownership in families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including parents’ beliefs about benefits and burdens of CAs, as well as parent stress. Participants (N = 764) completed online survey instruments anonymously....

  6. Canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum: Parents' perspectives

    Contributor(s):: Hill, J. R., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C.

    INTRODUCTION: Canine-assisted therapy is thought to facilitate the engagement of children on the autism spectrum within therapy sessions. There is limited research, however, about how canine-assisted occupational therapy with children on the autism spectrum enhances their engagement in therapy...

  7. Human-Animal Interaction Research: Progress and Possibilities

    Contributor(s):: Griffin, J. A., Hurley, K., McCune, S.

    2019Front Psychol1028031664-1078 (Print)1664-107810.3389/fpsyg.2019.02803engThe National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD, United States.Mars Incorporated, Global Scientific Affairs, McLean, VA,...

  8. Evaluating preference for and reinforcing efficacy of a therapy dog to increase verbal statements

    Contributor(s):: Jorgenson, C. D., Clay, C. J., Kahng, S.

  9. Improving social participation of children with autism spectrum disorder: Pilot testing of an early animal-assisted intervention in Spain

    Contributor(s):: Avila-Alvarez, A., Alonso-Bidegain, M., De-Rosende-Celeiro, I., Vizcaino-Cela, M., Larraneta-Alcalde, L., Torres-Tobio, G.

  10. Service dogs for children with autism: A parent's perspective

    Contributor(s):: Brown, Samantha X.

  11. Parental Perceptions of the Nature of the Relationship Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Share with Their Canine Companion

    Contributor(s):: Harwood, C., Kaczmarek, E., Drake, D.

  12. Parent Perceptions of Psychosocial Outcomes of Equine-Assisted Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Contributor(s):: Tan, V. X., Simmonds, J. G.

  13. Effects of Dog Assisted Therapy for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Trial

    Contributor(s):: Wijker, C., Leontjevas, R., Spek, A., Enders-Slegers, M. J.

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

    Contributor(s):: Wannenburg, N., van Niekerk, R.

  15. Vitality from Experiences in Nature and Contact with Animals-A Way to Develop Joint Attention and Social Engagement in Children with Autism?

    Contributor(s):: Bystrom, K., Grahn, P., Hagerhall, C.

  16. Process Evaluation of Animal-Assisted Therapy: Feasibility and Relevance of a Dog-Assisted Therapy Program in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Contributor(s):: Wijker, C., Leontjevas, R., Spek, A., Enders-Slegers, M. J.

  17. Changes in behavioural synchrony during dog-assisted therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder and children with Down syndrome

    Contributor(s):: Griffioen, R. E., van der Steen, S., Verheggen, T., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Cox, R.

  18. Effects of Assisted Animal Therapy on the Development of Socio-emotional Abilities of Children with Autism

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    | Contributor(s):: A.-N. Grigore, M. Bazgan

    We focused in this research on the effects of animal-assisted therapy on improving the socio-emotional skills development of children with autism. To achieve the research were used: case study (main method), interview-based survey, document analysis, and observation method. The tools used are...

  19. Verbal Interactional Synchronization between Therapist and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder during Dolphin Assisted Therapy: Five Case Studies

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    | Contributor(s):: Griffioen, R., van der Steen, S., Cox, R. F. A., Verheggen, T., Enders-Slegers, M. J.

  20. Horseback riding therapy for a deafblind individual enabled by a haptic interface

    | Contributor(s):: Ogrinc, M., Farkhatdinov, I., Walker, R., Burdet, E.