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  1. Assessing the Perceptions of the Use of a Courthouse Facility Dog Program with Child and Youth Witnesses

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    | Contributor(s):: Melissa Glazer

    This study evaluates the use of a courthouse facility dog program as a testimonial aid for children and youth testifying in court to help reduce secondary trauma. Court officials’ perceptions of the use of a courthouse facility dog program were assessed through a structured interview and...

  2. Effects of animal-assisted activity on self-reported feelings of pain in hospitalized children and adolescents

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    | Contributor(s):: Tatiane Ichitani, Maria Claudia Cunha

    Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is an approach recently introduced into the hospital environment to improve the quality of hospitalization and provide important benefits for patients with chronic diseases and long-term hospitalizations. This work aims to verify the effects of animal-assisted...

  3. Service Dogs Alabama

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    Service Dogs Alabama is dedicated to providing medical and psychiatric Service Dogs to children, adults, and Veterans with disabilities and Intervention Facility Dogs for schools, youth facilities, and courtrooms.

  4. Studying the Research-Practice Gap in Physical Therapies for Cerebral Palsy: Preliminary Outcomes Based on a Survey of Spanish Clinicians

    | Contributor(s):: Sanchez, C., Lerma-Lara, S., Garcia-Carmona, R., Urendes, E., Laccourreye, P., Raya, R.

  5. Moral decision-making in pettism: The influence of animal type, pet ownership status, and social distance

    | Contributor(s):: Xu, K. P., Ou, Q. Q., Luo, D. L., Shi, X. T., Li, K., Xue, H., Huang, Y. H., Turel, O., Zhang, S. Y., He, Q. H.

  6. 'a win-win for all': Supporting literacy in early childhood and bringing awareness to shelter dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez-Meehan, Melissa, Irene Brown, Kaitlyn Gabriella, Turcotte, Nate

  7. Effects of Therapeutic Horseback-Riding Program on Social and Communication Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Chen, S., Zhang, Y., Zhao, M., Du, X., Wang, Y., Liu, X.

    Animal-assisted therapy has become a fast-growing and effective approach for remediating core impairments of children with ASD; however, recent systematic review studies on the effects of AAT in children with ASD have some limitations, including referral to a variety of animal-assisted...

  8. The Benefits of Dog-Assisted Therapy as Complementary Treatment in a Children’s Mental Health Day Hospital

    | Contributor(s):: Guillen Guzmán, Elías, Sastre Rodríguez, Laia, Santamarina-Perez, Pilar, Hermida Barros, Laura, García Giralt, Marta, Domenec Elizalde, Eva, Ristol Ubach, Fransesc, Romero Gonzalez, Miguel, Pastor Yuste, Yeray, Diaz Téllez, Cristina, Romero Cela, Soledad, Real Gisbert, Laura, Salmeron Medina, Miquel, Ballesteros-Urpi, Anna, Morer Liñan, Astrid

    Dog-assisted therapy (DAT) has shown benefits in people with mental health disorders. A child psychiatric day hospital would be a suitable setting to implement DAT and evaluate the benefits in a pediatric population. Methods: Mixed methods research in a naturalistic setting was considered in this...

  9. Alternative Equine Therapy Helping Autistic Children | Mugur Pop | TEDxCambridgeSchoolofBucharest

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    | Contributor(s):: Mugur Pop

    “Descopera Natura” aims at developing and supporting equestrian tourism as an ecotouristic alternative for the protected natural and communitarian protected areas in Romania. The activity covers areas such as Muntii Macinului, Muntii Apuseni, Muntii Rodnei and Muntii Calimani, as...

  10. Human–Animal Interactions and the Promotion of Social and Emotional Competencies: A Scoping Review

    | Contributor(s):: Chan, Melvin Chin-Hao, Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly A., Binfet, John-Tyler

  11. The Beneficial Effects of Animals on Children With Autism

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    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

    Do children with autism disorders respond differently to animals?

  12. Animal Assisted Therapy in Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy with a Preschool Child with Severe Language Delay: A Single-Subject Design

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    | Contributor(s):: Heather K. Anderson, Sandra L. Hayes, Julie P. Smith

    Background: The application of animal assisted therapy (AAT) in provision of services is an emerging area of research in the allied health literature. Prior investigators have called for additional research concerning applications of animal assisted therapy in specific settings and patient...

  13. Can dog-assisted and relaxation interventions boost spatial ability in children with and without special educational needs? A longitudinal, randomized controlled trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Brelsford, V. L., Dimolareva, M., Rowan, E., Gee, N. R., Meints, K.

    Children's spatial cognition abilities are a vital part of their learning and cognitive development, and important for their problem-solving capabilities, the development of mathematical skills and progress in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) topics. As many children have...

  14. Address the end of life of the animal in the presence of the children of the familyApproccio al fine vita dell'animale in presenza di bambini

    | Contributor(s):: Caux, A., Dattee, V.

  15. Therapeutic Riding and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Program Evaluation

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    | Contributor(s):: Brenna Goodwin

    Therapeutic riding is a commonly used therapeutic approach for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research supports therapeutic riding for children with ASD; however, the effect of specific sub-types of therapeutic riding (e.g., therapeutic riding drill team) has been under...

  16. Equine-Assisted Therapies for Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Meta-analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Heussen, N., Häusler, M.

  17. The effect of pet therapy on the stress and social anxiety levels of disabled children: A randomized controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: Demiralay, Ş, Keser, İ

  18. Assessing the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy on alleviation of anxiety in pre-school children: A randomized controlled trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Tahan, M., Saleem, T., Sadeghifar, A., Ahangri, E.

    OBJECTIVE & BACKGROUND: Human-animal interactions are considered as being valuable and beneficial for the psychological health. Recently Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been included for client-therapist interaction. The purpose of the present study was to assess the effectiveness of...

  19. Can dogs reduce stress levels in school children? effects of dog-assisted interventions on salivary cortisol in children with and without special educational needs using randomized controlled trials

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    | Contributor(s):: Meints, K., Brelsford, V. L., Dimolareva, M., Maréchal, L., Pennington, K., Rowan, E., Gee, N. R.

    Prolonged or excessive stress negatively affects learning, behavior and health across the lifespan. To alleviate adverse effects of stress in school children, stressors should be reduced, and support and effective interventions provided. Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) have shown beneficial...

  20. Race, Zoonoses and Animal Assisted Interventions in Pediatric Cancer

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    | Contributor(s):: Cotoc, C., Notaro, S.

    Emerging evidence accumulates regarding the benefits of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in facilitating pediatric cancer treatment and alleviating symptomatology through positive changes in the patients' emotional, mental, and even physical status. A major concern expressed by...