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  1. Role and Effects of Hippotherapy in the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: María José Menor-Rodríguez, Mar Sevilla Martín, Juan Carlos Sánchez-García, María Montiel-Troya, Jonathan Cortés-Martín, Raquel Rodríguez-Blanque

    Cerebral palsy is described as a group of permanent neuromotor-type disorders caused by non-progressive injuries in the developmental stages of the central nervous system, and which have serious repercussions on the quality of life of affected children due to the physical and psychological...

  2. Beneficios da pet terapia: a interacao entre os animais e as criancas

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodrigues, N. J. L., Manzini, S., Oliveira, N. N., Madureira, S. J. L., Langoni, H., Torres, S. J. L. R.

    A domesticação dos animais tem registros de longa data. Atualmente sabe-se por meio de dados de pesquisas, testes e empirismo que a interação com um animal traz grandes benefícios ao bem-estar humano. Considerando-se os cães, mundialmente é...

  3. Dogs, kids, and cancer: how dogs are helping

    | Contributor(s):: Palmer, W. J.

    2022Veterinary Practice News34238-381528-6398EnglishHolly Springs, N.C., USA.text

  4. Volunteers' demographics that affect the human-dog interaction during walks in a shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Shih, H. Y., Paterson, M. B. A., Pachana, N. A., Phillips, C. J. C.

    Different people relate to dogs in different ways. We investigated differences between volunteers in their behavioural interactions with shelter dogs when they were walked on a leash. Cameras were used to record and quantify the behaviour of volunteers and a leash tension metre was used to...

  5. Exploratory study of fecal cortisol, weight, and behavior as measures of stress and welfare in shelter cats during assimilation into families of children with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Carlisle, G. K., Johnson, R. A., Koch, C. S., Lyons, L. A., Wang, Z., Bibbo, J., Cheak-Zamora, N.

    Background: Cats are a common companion animal (CA) in US households, and many live in families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The prevalence of ASD is one in 54, and many children have behavior challenges as well as their diagnostic communication disorders. Objective:...

  6. The Effect of a Dog Assisted Reading Program on the Reading Ability and Motivation of Children with Dyslexia

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    | Contributor(s):: Leilani B. Goodmon, Pippa R. Burnett, Renee Pack, Rebecca Powell

    Dog assisted reading programs have been shown to improve children’s reading skills and attitudes toward reading (Kirnan et al., 2016; Levinson et al., 2017; Linder et al., 2018) and on-task behavior in children who struggle with reading (Bassette & Taber-Doughty, 2013). The purpose of...

  7. People. Animals. Love. (PAL)

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    PAL's mission is to use the human-animal bond to comfort the lonely, ease the pain of the sick and enrich the world of children.

  8. Puppy Prodigies

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    We are an innovative 501(c)3 non-profit organization in San Diego county which helps puppies achieve their full potential, thereby enriching the lives of those they assist. The mission of Puppy Prodigies is to provide unique initiatives that utilize service, therapy and emotional support...

  9. Parental Perception of Changes in Basic Life Needs of Children with Disabilities after Six Months of Therapeutic Horseback Riding: A Qualitative Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Robert Lovrić, Nikolina Farčić, Štefica Mikšić, Aleksandra Gvozdanović Debeljak

    Therapeutic horseback riding (THR) has a positive effect on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning of children with disabilities. Parents’ reports of the effects of THR on their children support professionals in individualizing the THR program. With this qualitative study,...

  10. Angel Heart Farm

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    Established in 2001, Angel Heart Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses equine assisted therapy for children facing chronic or life threatening illness and their families in conjunction with their medical treatments.

  11. Developing and Assessing the Validity of a Scale to Assess Pet Dog Quality of Life: Lincoln P-QoL

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    | Contributor(s):: Sophie S. Hall, Beverley J. Brown, Daniel S. Mills

    There has been little investment in exploring the impact of the child-dog relationship on the dog. Since child-dog interactions can pose potentially serious threats to a dog’s physical and psychological health, as well as the wider satisfaction of the owner with their dog, we describe...

  12. The Impact of Animals with Struggling Readers

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Heyer

    The purpose of this thesis was to evaluate the impact that dogs have with students that struggle with reading. Several programs have been implemented where students spend time reading books to dogs. During these reading sessions, students tend to be more relaxed and confident with their...

  13. Equestrian activities in Romania: the vaulting discipline

    | Contributor(s):: Bochis, F.

  14. Country Heart Farm

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    Country Heart Farm's mission is to facilitate growth, learning, wellness, and healing for children and adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds by providing therapeutic equine assisted psychotherapy and integrative educational programs.

  15. Pet dogs and child physical activity: the role of child–dog attachment

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne M. Gadomski, Melissa B. Scribani, Nicole Krupa, Paul Jenkins

    Background Dog ownership has been associated with increased physical activity in children which in turn may mitigate childhood obesity. Objective To measure the association between child-dog attachment and child physical activity and screen time. Methods Cross-sectional study including...

  16. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Child-Dog Relationship in Healthy Weight and Overweight/Obese Children

    | Contributor(s):: Deborah Linder

  17. 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...

  18. Does Long-term Equine Assisted Learning have an Effect on Childhood Weight Management?

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    | Contributor(s):: HE Battisti, FL Battisti, R McAbee

  19. Paws with a Purpose

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    Founded in 2003, Paws with Purpose (PwP) is a 501(c) non-profit organization that provides highly skilled Assistance Dogs as partners to children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. These dogs provide comfort and companionship; help to break down social barriers, and...

  20. Horsin Around Recovery Ranch (HARR)

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    HARR's purpose is to enrich and expand the lives of the youth and adults with special needs as well as military families, veterans, and first responders through equine-related activities and therapies.