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  1. The Impacts of a Reading-to-Dog Programme on Attending and Reading of Nine Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Stefania Uccheddu, Mariangela Albertini, Ludovica Pierantoni, Sara Fantino, Federica Pirrone

    Poor knowledge is available on the effectiveness of reading to dogs in educational settings, particularly in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In this study, we test the hypothesis that reading to a dog improves propensity towards books and motivation to read after the end of the...

  2. Effects of a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program on Social Interaction and Communication in Children with Autism

    | Contributor(s):: Zhao, M., Chen, S., You, Y., Wang, Y., Zhang, Y.

  3. Lemmikkieläinten merkitys autistisesti käyttäytyville lapsille

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    | Contributor(s):: HANNA VIINAMÄKI

    Tutkimuksen tarkoituksena oli selvittää autistisesti käyttäytyvien lasten ja lemmikkieläinten välistä suhdetta ja tarkastella sen merkitystä kohderyhmän lapsille. Tutkimuksessa tarkasteltiin lasten ja lemmikkieläinten välistä...

  4. Effects of equine assisted activity on children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Briana Ciampi, Jeffrey Roy

    Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encompasses a spectrum of disorders which are characterized as having impaired communication skills, social skills and repetitive behaviors or body movements.1,2 Since every individual with ASD presents with different challenges, treatment...

  5. HorsePlay Therapy Center

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    HorsePlay Therapy Center is a not-for-profit therapy organization, located in the heart of St. Augustine, FL, that specializes in serving children with special needs and veterans with PTSD and other life-altering injuries. Our facility is based on the leading national medical therapy model...

  6. Parental Perspectives of Occupational Therapy in an Equine Environment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Kalmbach, D., Wood, W., Peters, B. C.

  7. Canine Assisted Occupational Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Pilot Randomised Control Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Hill, J., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C., Teoh, A. L., Chua, J. M., Cawdell-Smith, J.

  8. Social Development of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder During Dog-Assisted Therapy: A Detailed Observational Analysis

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    | Contributor(s):: Wijker, C., Steen, S. V., Spek, A., Leontjevas, R., Enders-Slegers, M. J.

    Social communication and self-esteem are often affected in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Implementation and evaluation of interventions targeting social skills are challenged due to specific characteristics of autism. Intensive, valid evaluation of social skills programs is needed. In...

  9. Effects of Pet Dogs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their Families: Expectations versus Reality

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    | Contributor(s):: Hannah Wright, Sophie Hall, Annette Hames, Jessica Hardiman, Aaron Burgess, PAWS Team, Richard Mills, Daniel Mills

    Previous studies have examined the specific benefits of therapy and assistance dogs on children with autism, but until recently only anecdotes existed concerning the benefits of pet dogs. We conducted structured interviews with 40 parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to...

  10. Changes in behavioural synchrony during dog-assisted therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder and children with Down syndrome

    | Contributor(s):: Griffioen, R. E., van der Steen, S., Verheggen, T., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Cox, R.

  11. Animal-assisted activity improves social behaviors in psychiatrically hospitalized youth with autism

    | Contributor(s):: Germone, M. M., Gabriels, R. L., Guérin, N. A., Pan, Z., Banks, T., O'Haire, M. E.

  12. "The connection just happens": Therapists' perspectives of canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum

    | Contributor(s):: Hill, J. R., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C.

  13. Trastornos del espectro autista: Intervención asistida con animales

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    | Contributor(s):: Sergio Quintero Moreno

    This project aims to make an approach to Animal Assisted Interventions and, more specifically, to the benefits that they can promote in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in childhood. In addition, a proposal is offered in order to guarantee the validity and reliability of future...

  14. Pet Dogs Improve Family Functioning and Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Wright, Hannah, Hall, Sophie, Hames, Annette, Hardiman, Jessica, Mills, Richard, Team, Paws Project, Mills, Daniel

    There is increasing evidence to suggest that dogs are beneficial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in therapy sessions, and anecdotal reports suggest that dogs may have wider benefits, in a family setting. This study investigated the effect of dog ownership on family functioning...

  15. Angeles en Cuatro Patas (Angels on Four Legs)

    We are a rehabilitation center and nonprofit dedicated to children and adolescents with special physical and mental needs.Angels on four legs began its activity over twenty-three years ago as an idea of ​​social work aimed at children with mild and chronic disabilities. This institution...

  16. Canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum: Parents' perspectives

    | Contributor(s):: Hill, J. R., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C.

    INTRODUCTION: Canine-assisted therapy is thought to facilitate the engagement of children on the autism spectrum within therapy sessions. There is limited research, however, about how canine-assisted occupational therapy with children on the autism spectrum enhances their engagement in therapy...

  17. Parental Perceptions of the Nature of the Relationship Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Share with Their Canine Companion

    | Contributor(s):: Harwood, C., Kaczmarek, E., Drake, D.

  18. Parent Perceptions of Psychosocial Outcomes of Equine-Assisted Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Tan, V. X., Simmonds, J. G.

  19. Early diagnosis and intervention for autism spectrum disorder in Africa: insights from a case study

    | Contributor(s):: Wannenburg, N., van Niekerk, R.

  20. Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding

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    Our mission as Specialized Equine Services is to provide exceptional therapeutic services, through trained accredited and dedicated professionals and volunteers, improving the quality of life for those in Southern Illinois.