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...
Facility dogs in educational programs for young children: Definition, rationale, issues, and implementation
| Contributor(s):: Jalongo, Mary Renck, Permenter, Faithe A., Conrad, Kristina
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...
Dog assisted education in children with rheumatic diseases and adolescents with chronic pain in Germany
| Contributor(s):: Kiesewetter, J., Herbach, N., Landes, I., Mayer, J., Elgner, V., Orle, K., Grunow, A., Langkau, R., Gratzer, C., Jansson, A. F.
OBJECTIVES: Animal assisted intervention is an increasingly accepted tool to improve human well-being. The present study was performed to assess whether dog assisted education has a positive effect on children suffering from rheumatic disorders with pain and adolescents with chronic pain...
Children's bond with companion animals and associations with psychosocial health: A systematic review
| Contributor(s):: Groenewoud, D., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Leontjevas, R., van Dijke, A., de Winkel, T., Hediger, K.
BACKGROUND: Companion animals can fulfill children's attachment needs. A secure attachment to humans is positively associated with psychosocial health, therefore, the extent to which this applies to a strong child-companion animal bond is worth examining. AIMS: We aimed to gain insight into...
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...
HIPPOTHERAPY IN CEREBRAL PALSY - SURVEY RESEARCH
| Contributor(s):: Kuliński, W., Gryl, E.
Effect of hippotherapy on balance, functional mobility, and functional independence in children with Down syndrome: randomized controlled trial
| Contributor(s):: Kaya, Y., Saka, S., Tuncer, D.
Acceptability and effects of acquiring an assistance or companion dog for families of children on the autism spectrum
| Contributor(s):: Guay, C., Abouzeid, N., Forget, J., Boulé, M.
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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...
Psycho-Social Effects of Pet Dog Ownership on Mentally Challenged Children
| Contributor(s):: Sandeep Aggarwal, Roopashi Aggarwal, Manmeet Kaur Sodhi, Shallu Aggarwal
Aim: Mental retardation is a social stigma and children affected by this condition always require love and compassion. Pets have a positive role in human life to relieve stress and anxiety. Pets are therefore considered to be a very important aspect of psychological therapy. Those children who...
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...
Family Bonds with Pets and Mental Health during COVID-19 in Australia: A Complex Picture
| Contributor(s):: Bennetts, S. K., Howell, T., Crawford, S., Burgemeister, F., Burke, K., Nicholson, J. M.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the health-promoting features of human-animal relationships, particularly for families with children. Despite this, the World Health Organization's (1986) Ottawa Charter remains human-centric. Given the reciprocal health impacts of human-animal...
Improvement of Self-Esteem in Children with Specific Learning Disorders after Donkey-Assisted Therapy
| Contributor(s):: Corallo, F., Bonanno, L., Cardile, D., Luvarà, F., Giliberto, S., Di Cara, M., Leonardi, S., Quartarone, A., Rao, G., Pidalà, A.
Dyslexia is a learning disorder related to receptive language characterized by difficulties with decoding, fluent word recognition, automatic naming skills and/or reading comprehension skills. It usually leads to severe functional impairment and the permanent need for support and interventions....
Circumscribed interests in autism: Can animals potentially re-engage social attention?
| Contributor(s):: Valiyamattam, G. J., Katti, H., Chaganti, V. K., O'Haire, M. E., Sachdeva, V.
Effects of Hippotherapy on Postural Control in Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review
| Contributor(s):: Peia, F., Veiga, N. C., Gomes, A. P., Santos, B. N. D., Marques, N. M. S., Glória, Ipds, Goulardins, J. B.
Intervenciones asistidas con perros en alumnado con Trastorno del Espectro Autista. Una revisión de la literatura
| Contributor(s):: María Poveda Gómez, Diana Marín Suelves, Sandra Navarro Sánchez
El presente trabajo constituye una revisión bibliográfica sobre la intervención asistida con perros en niños con trastorno del espectro autista en edad escolar. Los objetivos de la investigación son conocer las metas que persiguen las intervenciones asistidas...
Do Children With Cats Have More Mental Health Problems?
| Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog
Researchers explain why there are so few studies of human-cat relationships.