Human–Animal Bond Generated in a Brief Animal-Assisted Therapy Intervention in Adolescents with Mental Health Disorders
| Contributor(s):: Rodrigo-Claverol, Maylos, Manuel-Canals, Marta, Lobato-Rincón, Luis Lucio, Rodriguez-Criado, Natalia, Roman-Casenave, Maite, Musull-Dulcet, Elisabet, Rodrigo-Claverol, Esther, Pifarré, Josep, Miró-Bernaus, Yvette
Background: The human–animal bond is crucial for the proper development of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) sessions. However, in specific cases such as in AAT focused on psychiatric patients who are admitted to acute units, there is only a short period of time available to establish this...
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...
The effects of equine-assisted activities on execution function in children aged 7-8 years: A randomized controlled trial
| Contributor(s):: Cheng, X., Zhen, K., Fan, Y., Tang, Q., Wu, H.
BACKGROUND: This study examines the effects of equine-assisted activity (EAA) training on executive functioning (EF) (inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility) in children aged 7-8 years. METHODS: Twenty-Four healthy children aged 7-8 years with a 1:1 ratio of boys to girls...
Clinician’s beliefs, practices, and attitudes regarding emotional support animal recommendations
| Contributor(s):: Wilder, Chris, Holliman, Ryan, Jaeger, Michaela
Supporting young readers: A mixed-methods study of their literacy, behaviour, and perceptions when reading aloud to dogs or adults
| Contributor(s):: Syrnyk, Corinne, McArthur, Alisa, Zwack, Alyson, Handelsman, Allison
Re-evaluating the benefits and challenges of communal pet dog ownership at an adult residential psychiatric facility
| Contributor(s):: Maroney, Pam, Kougioumtzis, Marianthi
Are you and your dog competent? Integrating animal-assisted play therapy competencies
| Contributor(s):: Hartwig, Elizabeth Kjellstrand, Pliske, Michelle M.
Understanding canine-assisted literacy programs: A multiple case study
| Contributor(s):: Bruneau, Laura, Timmons, Beverly, Ianson, Shauna, Tucker, Jeff D.
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...