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  1. The Physical Therapeutic Benefits of Hippotherapy on Children with Physical Disabilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Heather Brand

    Hippotherapy is a great choice of treatment for children with physical disabilities. It can improve gross motor function, balance, spasticity, posture, and gait, as reviewed in this paper. It can also have benefits for many other areas in the child’s life, physically or mentally. This...

  2. Eläinavusteinen sanataide : ammattilaisten käsityksiä koira-avusteisen sanataidetyöskentelyn merkityksestä kehitysvammaisten nuorten sosiaalisessa hyvinvoinnissa

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    | Contributor(s):: Nora Laine

    Pro gradu -tutkielmassa selvitetään eläinavusteisen sanataiteen merkitystä kehitysvammaisten nuorten sosiaalisessa hyvinvoinnissa. Tutkimusaineisto koostuu kolmen ammattilaisen haastattelusta ja Kerrotaan Koiralle -työpajan toiminnan havainnoinneistani. Tutkimuksen...

  3. Guide dog ownership and psychological well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: Cindy Wiggett

    This study explored the dynamics of guide dog ownership from a psychological point of view. The research was explorative in nature and employed two historically distinct methodologies of enquiry (both quantitative and qualitative). This explorative study relied on a very comprehensive...

  4. "When He's Up There He's Just Happy and Content": Parents' Perceptions of Therapeutic Horseback Riding

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Boyd

    The present research set out to explore parents‟ perceptions of therapeutic horseback riding as an activity for their children with multiple disabilities. It was designed to explore their vicarious experiences of the activity as well as their perceptions of their children‟s experiences of the...

  5. Human - animal interaction and the benefits to mental health: A phenomenological study

    | Contributor(s):: Jasmin Jau

    The prevalence of mental illness is a major concern in Australia and worldwide. It is one of the leading causes of disability in Australia and it is estimated that globally one in four people will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. One of the lesser known therapies and...

  6. Physically disabled adolescents' experience of therapeutic riding : a phenomenological investigation

    | Contributor(s):: Suzette Weideman

    This dissertation serves as a report of a qualitative exploration of the experience of adolescents with physical disabilities during therapeutic horse-riding. The aim of the study is to understand the impact of therapeutic riding on the lived world of the participants in this unique form of...

  7. A Manual and Curriculum for the Use of Service Dogs to Support the Social Communication, Behavior, and Academic Development of Students with Autism and Other Disabilities

    | Contributor(s):: Kerry Kosmicki

    The product for this project is a curriculum for using service dogs in the classroom as a catalyst for improving social communication, behavioral, and academic skills for students, with a focus upon students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This manual includes the curriculum entitled...

  8. The effect of pet ownership/attachment on the stress level of multiple sclerosis patients

    | Contributor(s):: Ashley Marie Loven

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common demyelinating disease affecting the central nervous system. Over 80% of MS patients are in the relapsing remitting stage. Symptoms range from fever, fatigue, emotional distress, tingling, numbness, optic neuritis, spasticity, muscle weakness, impaired...

  9. Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Dog's Influence on Occupational Therapy Outcomes of a Child with Cerebral Palsy

    | Contributor(s):: Emily Howell-forbes, Kathryn Marxen

    Objectives: The purpose of this pilot study was to compare differences between traditional occupational therapy (OT) and OT delivered with a dog and handler, or animal-assisted therapy (AAT), on selected treatment goals for a 3-year-old child with cerebral palsy.Methods: This mixed-methods...

  10. Is that your guide dog or your guard dog? Assistance dogs, personal safety and crime prevention revisited

    | Contributor(s):: Wohlfort, Alexa K.

  11. Investigating the relationship between assistance dogs and their owners with physical disabilities: Complex affection or simple attachment?

    | Contributor(s):: Stewart, Dawn

    This study explores the bond between persons with physical or perceptual disabilities an~d their Assistance Dogs. It was hypothesized that these relationships would be different from relationships between pet dogs and owners, and that the bonds may resemble attachment relationships. The project...

  12. Service dogs for individuals with disabilities: What happens after the honeymoon is over?

    | Contributor(s):: Shubert, Janice L.

  13. Can service animals help the disabled obtain an education?

    | Contributor(s):: Schlosser, Elise Rose

  14. Transition to adulthood: The experience of youth with physical disabilities living with a service dog

    | Contributor(s):: Modlin, Susan Jane

    The focus of this qualitative descriptive study is the experience of physically disabled young people as they transition into adulthood while living with a service dog. The cornerstone of young adulthood is transition. For any young adult leaving home, the transition involves inter- and...

  15. The effects of equine therapy for people with mental or physical disabilities

    | Contributor(s):: Holliday, Bobby

  16. The Feasibility of Implementing Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy Curriculum in Higher Education

    | Contributor(s):: Colston, Calyn Marie

  17. The effects of pet presence and counselor blindness on the efficacy of a counseling session

    | Contributor(s):: Joellen Mcadams

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of pet presence and counselor blindness on the efficacy of a counseling session;Counselor effectiveness was assessed by using three Counselor Rating Scales, the Confidence for Counseling Outcomes Expectancy Scale, the Continuation of...

  18. The Effects of a Five-Day Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program on the Standing and/or Sitting Balance of Children Ages 8-18 with a Wide Variety of Disabling Diagnoses as Measured by the Functional Reach Test and the Modified Functional Reach Test

    | Contributor(s):: Richard A. Chaperon, Pamela A. Staszewski, Heather L. Vavrina

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect that a five-day horseback riding program had on the standing and/or sitting balance of children ages eight to eighteen afflicted with a variety of disabling diagnoses. The stated hypothesis is that after participating in a five-day session of...

  19. Hearing the voices of experienced equestrians with disabilities

    | Contributor(s):: McBride-Conner, Amy

  20. Effects of a service dog on the families of individuals with spinal cord injuries

    | Contributor(s):: Enger, Kathleen