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  1. Does Anthropomorphism of Dogs Affect Pain Perception in Animal-Assisted Interventions? An Exploratory Study

    Contributor(s):: Turner-Collins, Clare, Breitenbecher, Kimberly H.

    The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the effects of anthropomorphism of a therapy dog on pain perception during an animal-assisted intervention. Participants were 32 college women who were randomly assigned to the anthropomorphism condition or the control condition. All...

  2. A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Psychosocial Outcomes

    Contributor(s):: Maujean, Annick, Pepping, Christopher A., Kendall, Elizabeth

    The use of animal-assisted interventions (aaIs) to achieve psychological benefits has expanded rapidly over the last few years. However, this is a vastly under-researched area, and the research to date has been largely descriptive, in the form of case studies, or has used only small groups of...

  3. Methodological and Terminological Issues in Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Umbrella Review of Systematic Reviews

    Contributor(s):: Santaniello, A., Dice, F., Claudia Carratu, R., Amato, A., Fioretti, A., Menna, L. F.

    Recently, animal-assisted interventions (AAIs), which are defined as psychological, educational, and rehabilitation support activities, have become widespread in different contexts. For many years, they have been a subject of interest in the international scientific community and are at the...

  4. 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.

  5. Horses Healing the Wounded Warrior: A Qualitative Inquiry of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Female Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca R. Wara-Goss

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a major concern for military veterans in the United States and current research on women’s experiences in the military and the effects of their post-military PTSD are limited. Currently, there are a variety of evidence-based and alternative...

  6. Therapy Dogs of Long Island

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    Therapy Dogs of Long Island's mission is to use the special connection that exists between dogs and humans as a therapeutic modality. A treatment for both physical and mental conditions in those who would love the company of a dog. To alleviate some pain and suffering to both children and...

  7. Hope Thru Hooves

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    Utilizing the unique strength and power of the horse and it’s herd dynamics; our goal is to educate, mentor, empower and strengthen relationship/life skills in people of all ages. Individuals, families, groups and organizations can all benefit from our equine assisted activities. 

  8. Effects of an animal visitation intervention on the depression, loneliness, and quality of life of older people: A randomised controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Chanelle J Buckle

    Older people—especially those living in residential facilities—comprise a vulnerable and oftentimes frail, but large and growing subset of the global population. Various age-related and socio-political, -economic, and -environmental factors place the quality of life of older people...

  9. The effect of an animal-assisted visitation programme on children with intellectual disabilities : a randomised controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Khama Lucille Wyatt

    Intellectual disability is a developmental disorder which affects intellectual and adaptive functioning within a social, practical and conceptual domain. This is a lifelong disorder for which no cure exists. Intellectual disability is normally caused by trauma or genetic predispositions. In...

  10. 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...

  11. Animal-assisted activities in a halfway facility: A case study

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    | Contributor(s):: Juliette Rochelle van Besouw

    The female correctional population has increased dramatically over the last decade and continues to grow annually. Females on parole, including those in halfway facilities, face a variety of socio-economic, -environmental, and –political issues that have the potential to severely inhibit...

  12. TLC Equine Therapy

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    TLC Equine Therapy is an equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) program.  The program benefits of EAAT are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions that participants present.Our horses are the four legged therapists. URL Submit for free Research shows that people...

  13. Why Horses Make The Best Coaches | Dana Spett | TEDxBergenCommunityCollege

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    | Contributor(s):: Dana Spett

      A deep look into the interaction between horses and humans: understanding the basic needs of horses, horse care and the interaction between the two provides a rich multi-sensory, experiential setting. Horses communicate non-verbally offering opportunities to feel and experience...

  14. Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP)

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    Established in 1986, the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP) is a charitable, not-for-profit 501 (C)(3) organization, registered in NY State, that is dedicated to helping special needs individuals achieve a maximum degree of freedom, independence and mobility through tested and...

  15. Defining the qualities of an equine-facilitated mental health horse or pony : An introductory survey

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    | Contributor(s):: Madeline Rose DeBoer

    Equine-facilitated mental health (EFMH) is a practice within equine-assisted therapy (EAT) that has expanded greatly in the last 20 years, but scientific research is still lacking. Thus far, no attempt has been made to characterize the horses and ponies currently used in EFMH programs, or to...

  16. Hearts & Hooves, Inc.

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    At Hearts & Hooves we’re dedicated to serving individuals with special needs through partnership with the horse. We believe in promoting independence through Therapeutic Riding and Equine Facilitated Learning to enrich the lives of everyone who participates at the farm. Hearts &...

  17. Easter's Promise

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  18. The Importance of Comparative Psychology in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Kieson

    Practitioners of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) use it to help individuals suffering from a wide range of physical and psychological disorders as an alternative practice in physical and psychotherapy.  Although there is plenty of research to support the benefits of these...

  19. Reduciendo la soledad: terapia asistida con animales para adultos mayores de una residencia geriátrica

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    | Contributor(s):: Mariana De la Puente Cunliffe

    Los sentimientos de soledad son un problema común en adultos mayores que viven en residencias geriátricas y diversos estudios han encontrado los efectos negativos que generan en su salud. También, se ha encontrado que la Terapia Asistida con Animales (TAA) puede reducir...

  20. 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.