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  1. Experiences of family life with an autism assistance dog

    Contributor(s):: Smyth, C., Slevin, E.

  2. Family fortunes

    Contributor(s):: Parish, C.

  3. Flipper's new job: therapy

    Contributor(s):: Woolston, Chris

  4. Learning the language of dogs can be a breakthrough experience for children with autism

    Contributor(s):: Santo, K.

  5. Riding toward friendships

    Contributor(s):: Hafets, B.

  6. Science and pseudoscience in developmental disabilities: guidelines for social workers

    Contributor(s):: Thyer, B. A., Pignotti, M.

  7. The therapeutic nature of the human/animal bond: implications for integrative public health

    Contributor(s):: Benda, W.

  8. Why animal assisted therapy is important for children and youth

    Contributor(s):: Pitts, J. L.

  9. Will Rogers saw it

    Contributor(s):: Maello, N.

  10. Joel's Hero

    Full-text: Available

    | Contributor(s):: Patty Dobbs Gross (director), Daniel Gross

    A video about Joel, a child with autism, and his dog.

  11. Animal assisted therapy for autistic children a descriptive narrative

    | Contributor(s):: Carmille A. McElwain

    Autism is a disorder of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder family. It affects all aspects of a child's development, including personal and social relationships, cognitive growth, and sometimes physical maturity as well. Currently, there is no cure for Autism, but a wide variety of therapies are...

  12. Myth #5: Autism Assistance Dog Placements have Nothing to do with John Q Public

    08 Oct 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross 'North Star's Hero with his boy Joel at Disneyland.' We should take a moment here to first review the various therapeutic roles that a dog can play in a child with autism’s...

  13. Myth #4: There are no Scientific Studies to Support Autism Assistance Dog Placements

    04 Oct 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross The years tell us much of what the days never know. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 'Aaron and North Star's Bingo meeting for the very first time.' Anecdotally speaking, we have...

  14. Myth #3: The Biggest Danger from an Autism Assistance Dog is the Hit to the Pocketbook

    21 Sep 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross 'Danny & Madison' Of the top five myths about autism assistance dogs that I will cover in this column, this myth is by far the most dangerous. If you partially believe in this...

  15. Animal assisted therapy and autism intervention: A synthesis of the literature

    | Contributor(s):: Jocelyn Turner

    The overall intention of this research project was to determine if, based on the available literature, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has potential as an efficacious adjunctive therapy method for helping to generate greater levels of social functioning, for individuals with Autism. This project...

  16. More Animals in the Classroom: Interview with Maggie O'Haire

    27 Aug 2012 | Posted by Ross E Blythe

    Children with autism can have difficulty fitting into social settings and reading people. Empathy is often hard to cultivate. Research has indicated that in some cases, children with autism are...

  17. Myth #2: Training is the Key to Success with Autism Assistance Dogs for Children

    10 Aug 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross I get by with a little help from my friends. ~ John Lennon ''David and North Star's Lego'' One of the biggest misunderstandings about the emerging field...

  18. Myth #1: Autism Assistance Dog Placements for Children can be Created Safely and Effectively Using Rescue Dogs

    10 Aug 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. ~ Lucretius 'Marques and North Star's Boots' Rescuing a child as well as a dog can...

  19. Does pet arrival trigger prosocial behaviors in individuals with autism?

    Full-text: Available

    | Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Sylvie Tordjman, Alain Lazartigues, Eric Lemonnier, Michel Deleau, Martine Hausberger

    Alteration of social interactions especially prosocial behaviors – an important aspect of development – is one of the characteristics of autistic disorders. Numerous strategies or therapies are used to improve communication skills or at least to reduce social impairments....

  20. Sarah Elizabeth Pellizzari

    Hello! I am a recent graduate who earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. My concentration was in family systems therapy and I also earned a certificate in Animal Assisted...