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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. 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.

  3. Danny Donkey & Pals

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    Danny Donkey & Pals is an organization that provides specially trained donkeys to visit schools, hospitals, hospices and care homes. The donkeys travel throughout the UK to interact with children and adults with disabilities & special needs, those who are ill and the elderly. 

  4. 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.

  5. The Horse as a Therapist: Effects of an Equine Program Without "Therapy" on the Attention and Behavior of Youth Disengaged from Traditional School

    | Contributor(s):: Norwood, M. F., Lakhani, A., Maujean, A., Downes, M., Fullagar, S., Barber, B. L., Kendall, E.

  6. 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...

  7. A Comparative Study of Dog- and Cat-Induced Injury on Incidence and Risk Factors among Children

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    | Contributor(s):: Ying Chen, Yang Gao, Li Zhou, Yafei Tan, Liping Li

    Background: Millions of people are bitten by animals each year, with approximately 90% of the injuries being caused by dogs and cats. However, few studies focus on risk factors of dog- and cat-induced injury in China. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the rate of...

  8. 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...

  9. The Development and Evaluation of 'Farm Animal Welfare': An Educational Computer Game for Children

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    | Contributor(s):: Roxanne D. Hawkins, Gilly A. R. Mendes Ferreira, Joanne M. Williams

    Many children growing up in urban areas of Western countries have limited contact with and knowledge of farm animals and food production systems. Education can play an important role in children’s understanding of farm animal welfare issues, however, most education provided focuses on...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Deborah Linder

  11. The Relationship Between Animal Bonding and Empathy in Preadolescent Children

    | Contributor(s):: Eileen Marzullo

  12. Associations Between Pet Ownership and Attitudes Toward Pets With Youth Socioemotional Outcomes

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    | Contributor(s):: Kristen C. Jacobson, Laura Chang

    Evidence regarding the effects of pet ownership and related variables on youth socioemotional development is mixed. Inconsistencies across studies may be due to a variety of factors, including the use of different outcomes measured across studies, small potential effect sizes, and use of...

  13. Short-Term Interventions That Accomplish Humane Education Goals: An International Review of the Research Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Virginio Aguirre, Agustín Orihuela

  14. Children's Attachment to Their Pets: Links to Socio-Emotional Development

    | Contributor(s):: Gail F. Melson, Susan Peet, Cheryl Sparks

  15. The Companion Animal Semantic Differential: Long and Short Form Reliability and Validity

    | Contributor(s):: Robert H. Poresky, Charles Hendrix, Jacob E. Mosier, Marvin L. Samuelson

  16. Confirmatory factor analyses of the children's attitudes and behaviors towards animals scale in two eastern cultural contexts

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Wong, David Mellor, Xioayan Xu, Ben Richardson

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the factor stability of the Children’s Attitudes and Behaviors Towards Animals Scale (CABTA) across two eastern contexts: China and Malaysia. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) were conducted on data collected from 700 Chinese mothers...

  17. Camp Geronimo: Evaluating the Influence of an Animal Assisted Intervention Based Summer Camp on Social Participation in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Joelle Ruggeri

    Research regarding animal assisted intervention (AAI) has found that it can be an effective intervention towards promoting positive social participation in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). A quality improvement project was implemented at The Barn at Spring Brook...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. Pet loss and continuing bonds in children and adolescents

    | Contributor(s):: Michael Schmidt, Paige E. Naylor, Diana Cohen, Rowena Gomez, James A. Moses Jr, Max Rappoport, Wendy Packman

    There is little research available regarding the impact of pet loss on children. In the current mixed-methods study, we explored the different ways that children use continuing bonds (CB) to cope following the death of a pet. We studied 32 children (5–18 years) and their parents....