Can Interacting with Animals Improve Executive Functions? A Systematic Review
| Contributor(s):: Tepper, D., Shnookal, J., Howell, T., Bennett, P.
There has been growing interest in the potential benefits of using human-animal interactions to improve executive functions: cognitive processes that allow individuals to plan, solve problems, and self-regulate behaviour. To date, no comprehensive review has been conducted. The purpose of this...
Investigating Dog Welfare When Interacting with Autistic Children within Canine-Assisted Occupational Therapy Sessions: A Single Case Study
| Contributor(s):: Hill, J., Driscoll, C., Cawdell-Smith, J., Anderson, S., Ziviani, J.
Human-animal bond is defined as the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and animals. Recent years have seen increasing research regarding the benefits of interaction with animals for autistic children. However, there continue to be limited studies exploring the impact of this...
Group Changes in Cortisol and Heart Rate Variability of Children with Down Syndrome and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder during Dog-Assisted Therapy
| Contributor(s):: Griffioen, R. E., van Boxtel, G. J. M., Verheggen, T., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Van Der Steen, S.
Dog-assisted therapy is hypothesized to lower stress in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and children with Down syndrome (DS), which may be visible on a physiological level. In this study, we measured heart rate variability (HRV) and salivary cortisol of 20 children with DS or ASD...
Hippotherapy concepts: A scoping review to inform transdisciplinary practice guidelines
| Contributor(s):: du Plessis, N., Uys, K., Buys, T.
BACKGROUND: Hippotherapy, an equine-assisted service, uses the movement of the horse as a treatment tool. Hippotherapy is often used by occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech and language pathologists. To optimise hippotherapy and facilitate the development of transdisciplinary...
Network meta-analysis of comparative efficacy of animal-assisted therapy vs. pet-robot therapy in the management of dementia
| Contributor(s):: Du, H., Bo, L., Lai, X., Zhu, H., Huo, X.
OBJECTIVE: This network meta-analysis aimed to compare and rank the efficacy of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and pet-robotic therapy (PRT) in the management of dementia. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified by searching PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, SCOPUS, and Web of Science...
Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy for Pediatric Chronic Pain: Case Series of an Open Pilot Study to Test Initial Feasibility and Potential Efficacy
| Contributor(s):: Locher, C., Petignat, M., Wagner, C., Hediger, K., Roth, B., Gaab, J., Koechlin, H.
Objective: Chronic pain is a common complaint in children and adolescents, placing an enormous burden on individuals, their families, and the healthcare system. New innovative approaches for the treatment of pediatric chronic pain (PCP) are clearly warranted, as drop-out rates in intervention...
Risks and benefits of animal-assisted interventions for critically ill patients admitted to intensive care units
| Contributor(s):: Fiore, M., Cortegiani, A., Friolo, G., Frigieri Covani, F., Cardia, L., Ferraro, F., Alampi, D.
BackgroundPets offer significant health benefits, from decreased cardiovascular risks to anxiety and post-traumatic stress improvements. Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) are not frequently practiced in the intensive care unit (ICU) for fear of health risk for critical patients because there is...
Dog-Assisted Therapy vs Relaxation for Children and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Study
| Contributor(s):: Vidal, R., Vidal, L., Lugo, J., Ristol, F., Domènec, E., Casas, T., Veiga, A., Vico, C., Ramos-Quiroga, J. A., Gómez-Barros, N.
Equine-Assisted Therapy in Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
| Contributor(s):: Palomar-Ciria, N., Bello, H. J.
Considerations for Utilizationof Animal-Assisted Therapy in Pediatric Dentistry Practice
| Contributor(s):: Guram, J. S., Williams, D. S., Marshall, J. L.
Nonpharmacological Behavior Guidance For Children During Dental Treatment Visits: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis-Part 2
| Contributor(s):: Dhar, V., Jayaraman, J., Marghalani, A. A., Wells, M., Randall, C. L., Law, C., Majstorović, M., Gosnell, E., Townsend, J., Chen, C. Y., Wedeward, R.
Understanding the Role of Therapy Dogs in Human Health Promotion
| Contributor(s):: McDowall, S., Hazel, S. J., Cobb, M., Hamilton-Bruce, A.
Dogs may provide humans with a range of physical, mental and social benefits. Whilst there is growing scientific evidence of benefits to humans, there has been less focus on the impact to canine health, welfare and ethical considerations for the dogs. The importance of animal welfare is...
Animal-Assisted Interventions and Animal Welfare-An Exploratory Survey in Germany
| Contributor(s):: Ameli, K., Braun, T. F., Krämer, S.
BACKGROUND: Animals play a crucial role in social occupational fields. The positive effects of animals are described in theory and practice. However, the significance of animal welfare in animal-assisted intervention settings has not yet been extensively researched, so that the aim of this...
Animal-Assisted Therapy to Increase Independent Reading for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Taylor L. Butts
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has become a popular intervention for the health and behavioral community as evidenced by media attention. The research that has been done on AAT has been mostly qualitative and anecdotal. The current study adds to the literature on AAT by collecting quantitative...
Horse Use and Care in Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs
| Contributor(s):: Emily Watson
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) is an organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding (THR) and other equine-assisted activities and therapies in the United States. Research on how horses are used and cared for in PATH Intl.-affiliated...
Consensus Statement on Animals' Relationship with Pediatric Oncohematological Patients, on Behalf of Infectious Diseases and Nurse Working Groups of the Italian Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
| Contributor(s):: Fiumana, G., Botta, D., Dalla Porta, M. F., Macchi, S., Soncini, E., Santaniello, A., Paciello, O., Amicucci, M., Cellini, M., Cesaro, S.
Contact with animals in pediatric oncohematologic patients is associated with many benefits, but the risk of contracting zoonoses, even if low, must be considered by clinicians. In order to assess the awareness about this topic, we surveyed the Italian pediatric oncohematology centers, which...
The impact on physical performance, pain and psychological wellbeing of chronic low back pain patients during 12-weeks of equine- facilitated therapy intervention
| Contributor(s):: Mattila-Rautiainen, S., Venojärvi, M., Rautiainen, H., Keski-Valkama, A.
Equine - Facilitated Therapy (EFT), an equine environment, and horses themselves can meet many physical and mental health needs beyond diagnostic categories. The horse's ability to produce a walk-like movement and the participant's ability to connect to non-judgemental living creatures,...
[Equine Assisted Group Therapy. The Effect on the Quality of Life in Elderly with Dementia]
| Contributor(s):: Bos-Van Essen, S. M.
Our mission is to provide trained and sponsored on-staff facility/therapy dogs to organizations serving communities in need. An on-staff dog allows for deeper encounters between staff and residents, patients, and the public. These therapeutic interactions create lasting ripple effects...
When Therapy Dogs Provide Virtual Comfort: Exploring University Students' Insights and Perspectives
| Contributor(s):: Christine Yvette Tardif-Williams, John-Tyler Binfet, Freya L. L. Green, Renata P. S. Roma, Akshat Singal, Camille X. Rousseau, Rebecca J. P. Godard
With the proliferation of canine-assisted interventions and the emphasis placed on the impact of these sessions in bolstering the well-being of visitors to sessions, especially university students, it can be easy to overlook just how participating in one of these sessions is experienced by...