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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. Angeles en Cuatro Patas (Angels on Four Legs)

    We are a rehabilitation center and nonprofit dedicated to children and adolescents with special physical and mental needs.Angels on four legs began its activity over twenty-three years ago as an idea of ​​social work aimed at children with mild and chronic disabilities. This institution...

  6. 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....

  7. 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...

  8. Focus Hippotherapy

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    Focus Hippotherapy's mission is to offer therapy from licensed/certified physical and occupational therapists using the horse as a tool to develop strength, balance, posture, muscle tone moderation (relaxation or increased tone), motor planning, body awareness, task focus and confidence.

  9. Parents' and facilitators' perceptions of children with autism spectrum disorder in an equine-assisted learning programme

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    | Contributor(s):: Megan Butt

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) currently affects an estimated 1:68 children globally and is the second most common disability worldwide. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by abnormal social behaviour, delays in language, sensory processing difficulties and restricted and...

  10. 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,...

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

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

  12. 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.

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

    | Contributor(s):: Brown, Samantha X.

  14. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

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

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

  18. Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center

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    Fieldstone Farm engages the therapeutic power of our horses to discover and nurture the special abilities of individuals, families and communities.

  19. Pawsitive Self-Regulation and Emotional Control: A Guide for Implementing Therapy Dogs to Help Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Self-Regulation and Emotional Control

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    | Contributor(s):: Brooke McCawley

    With the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) increasing at an alarming rate, educators and services providers are in need of a variety of different strategies to help support self- regulation and emotional control for students with autism spectrum disorder. Although not a defining...

  20. Heaven's Gait Therapeutic Riding (Alpha Equestrian Center)

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    Alpha Equestrian Center is the home of Heaven’s Gait Therapeutic Riding and is a Premier PATH Accredited Center. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Heaven’s Gait’s mission is to provide emotional, physical and social benefits for children and adults with special needs such...