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  1. Kids and Canines

    Our mission of serving disadvantaged youth at Kids and Canines is twofold:To give at-risk youth the support, tools and opportunities to empower themselves and improve their lives, and;Provide trained dogs to individuals looking for emotional support from a dog, and to those...

  2. Hippotherapy Capstone

    Contributor(s):: Autumn O'Hara

    Therapists work with many children with many different diagnoses. One of the most prevalent diagnosis is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to recent statistics, available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD; which is a...

  3. A Clinical Practice Change Initiative to Incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy in Advanced Practice Registered Nurses' Clinical Practice for Children and Adolescents

    Contributor(s):: Donna Rae Cowell

    Background: Children and adolescents mental healthcare needs is vital for the future of our nation’s welfare (American Psychology Association, 2014). Research has indicated AAT may be a considerable choice to help with pediatrics mental healthcare and may be utilized as...

  4. Minor Immediate Effects of a Dog on Children's Reading Performance and Physiology

    Contributor(s):: Lisa Schretzmayer, Kurt Kotrschal, Andrea Beetz

    Literacy is a key factor in occupational success and social integration. However, an increasing number of children lack appropriate reading skills. There is growing evidence that dogs have positive effects on reading performance. We investigated the short-term effects of dogs on reading...

  5. Caregiver Reports of Interactions between Children up to 6 Years and Their Family Dog—Implications for Dog Bite Prevention

    Contributor(s):: Christine Arhant, Andrea Martina Beetz, Josef Troxler

    In children up to 6 years, interactions such as interfering with the dog’s resources and also benign behaviors (e.g., petting) commonly precede a bite incident with the family dog. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to explore the development of everyday interactions between...

  6. A Birth Cohort Analysis to Study Dog Walking in Adolescence Shows No Relationship with Objectively Measured Physical Activity

    Contributor(s):: Carri Westgarth, Andrew R. Ness, Calum Mattocks, Robert M. Christley

    Physical inactivity during childhood and adolescence is a serious health concern. There are few studies of the activity undertaken by adolescents when walking with the family dog, and the effect of this on objectively measured physical activity levels. Objective measures of physical activity...

  7. Educational Possibilities of Keeping Goats in Elementary Schools in Japan

    Contributor(s):: Naoko Koda, Shiho Kutsumi, Toshiya Hirose, Gen Watanabe

    Many Japanese elementary schools keep small animals for educational purposes, and the effects and challenges have been investigated. Although goats are medium-sized animals that are familiar to Japanese, few practical studies have been conducted on keeping goats in schools. This study...

  8. Nov 02 2017

    Aspects and Answers: Best Practices in Partnering with Dogs for Children on the Autism Spectrum

    WHATIncreasingly families with children on the autism spectrum, school officials and clinicians are excited by the benefits dogs promise for neuro-atypical children. What can dogs offer and what...

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  9. Does experience with animals improve toddlers' understanding of others' sound perception?

    Contributor(s):: Rachelle Stover

    Introduction: Much research has examined what children understand about others’ visual perception. For instance, 2-year-olds can determine when an object is hidden from another’s viewpoint (Flavell, 1992). Less is known about children’s understanding of other’s auditory...

  10. A field study with primary school children on perception of social presence and interactive behavior with a pet robot

    Contributor(s):: Marcel Heerink, Marta Díaz, Jordi Albo-Canals, Cecilio Angulo, Alex Barco, Judit Casacuberta, Carles Garriga

    This paper presents a study on measuring (1) how children experience a pet robot, (2) how they play with it and (3) how children’s perceptions on and interaction with pet robots are interrelated. The study features different types of subjective and objective techniques to assess the degree...

  11. A Parental Perspective: The Role of Companion Animals for Children During Separation and Divorce

    Contributor(s):: Jessica Michel

    Children grow up in interdependent family systems, where transitions affect all members. A prevalent transition in Australian families is divorce. When divorce occurs children are exposed to significant risk factors that have the potential of affecting many developmental outcomes. However,...

  12. Horses are Worth More Than Riches: Parental Perceptions of the Relationship Between Equine Assisted Activities/Therapy and Listening and Spoken Language

    Contributor(s):: Kelsey M. Large

    The purpose of this study was to determine parental perceptions of the impact of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) on the listening and spoken language skills of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Parents of children who are DHH and communicate through listening and...

  13. Affecting affect effectively : investigating a haptic-affect platform for guiding physiological responses

    Contributor(s):: Joseph P. Hall

    This thesis describes the development of a platform for touch-guided anxiety management via engagement with a robot pet. An existing physiological sensor suite and “Haptic Creature” robot pet are modified to influence user physiological responses through real-time interaction guided...

  14. The Effects of Receiving Animal Assisted Therapy on the Self-Efficacy and Reading Fluency of Struggling Readers

    Contributor(s):: Lisa M. Smith

    The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of using animal-assisted therapy on the self-efficacy and reading fluency of struggling readers. The measurement tool used was Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills (DIBELS) and the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. This study...

  15. Eläinavusteinen toiminta osana sosiaali- ja terveysalaa : Pirkanmaan Hali-Bernit tuottamassa hyvää oloa

    Contributor(s):: Sini Reini

    Opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena on tutkia ja tarkastella eläinavusteista toimintaa ja sen yhteyttä sosiaali- ja terveysalaan. Tarkemmin eriteltynä tarkoituksena on selvittää mitä eläinavusteinen toiminta on, miten eläinavusteinen toiminta voi...

  16. The Perceived Psychosocial Benefits of Pet Ownership on Child Development: A Parental Perspective

    Contributor(s):: Erin K. Leahy

    The purpose of this review is to explore the beneficial role pets play in facilitating the psychosocial development of preadolescent children. It is proposed that the pet is perceived by both the child and parent as a developmental resource during preadolescent development, as it assists the...

  17. Koira-avusteinen terapia lasten psyykkisten häiriöiden hoidossa

    Contributor(s):: Susanna Tuovinen

    Koira-avusteinen psykoterapia on maailmalla tunnettu hoitomuoto psyykkisten häiriöiden hoidossa. Suomessa se ei kuitenkaan ole vielä saavuttanut samanlaista suosiota. Tämä opinnäytetyö kertoo koira-avusteisesta terapiasta ja sen käytöstä...

  18. Educação assistida por animais : intervenção em crianças com alterações de comportamento

    Contributor(s):: Ãngela Maria Dias de Vilhena e Mascarenhas

    A realização deste estudo terá a intenção de levantar a possibilidade e verificar a exequibilidade da implementação de projectos / programas de Intervenções Assistidas por Animais / Educação Assistida por Animais...

  19. Experiencing Pet Loss as a Child: A Parental Perspective

    Contributor(s):: Sarah Jayne Parkin

    Due to the positive contributions many companion animals make to the lives of others, it is common for individuals to build strong emotional attachments to their pets. Individuals who have strong relationships with their pets are likely to experience an equally strong grief reaction following...

  20. Interação humano-cão: o social constituído pela relação interespécie

    Contributor(s):: Ceres Berger Faraco

    A presente tese consiste de estudos na área da Psicologia, abordando o sistema social na lnteração Humano-Cão. Defende-se que ha uma sociedade particular constituída por humanos e cães e que a teoria sobre o social de Humberto Maturana nos oferece apoio...