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  1. McKenna Farms Therapy Services, Inc.

    McKenna Farms Therapy Services is a non-profit organization that provides therapy services to individuals with special needs in Northwest Georgia. McKenna Farms is a 501C3 organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the children and families that we serve as well as being a...

  2. The Effects of a Therapy Animal on College Student Stress and Arousal

    | Contributor(s):: Michelle Bjick, Katharine Hill (adviser)

    Colleges are facing increasing levels of distressed students and need a wide variety of tools to assist them. One such modality is animal-assisted interaction; an integrative practice with minimal side effects. This study attempted to demonstrate that spending time with animals will decrease a...

  3. Horsing Around? Hippotherapy as a Context for Speech Therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Kara Schricker, Jennifer Jipson (adviser)

    Language and communication are essential to our daily lives. With it we are able to express our wants and needs without frustration, without it we would not be able to effortlessly engage in the communication that is so essential to our daily lives. Children typically follow a pattern of...

  4. Therapy Dogs United

    Therapy Dogs United, Inc. ~ Dogs Supporting People. We are a 501(c)3 public charity. Our visitation and research-based programs are scheduled as group and individual sessions. All therapeutic or animal-assisted therapy dog visits are made by certified therapy dog teams registered through our...

  5. Canine-assisted therapy: An emerging therapeutic practice

    | Contributor(s):: Kenneth M. Jastrow III

    Close relationships link all living things in the environment, but the forces that connect people and animals are especially strong and enduring. These forces of connection are being utilized for the advancement of human happiness and well-being in a therapeutic manner. This therapy is called...

  6. Literature review and manual: Animal-assisted therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Mary Louise Cole

    In this paper research of animals in therapy is reviewed and then used to inform a manual on the topic. A history of the field, a discussion of terminology, and a summary of therapies utilizing animals prefaces the review. Key research in animal therapy is reviewed, followed by contemplation of...

  7. The positive influence of animals: Animal-assisted therapy in acute care

    | Contributor(s):: Beth E. Barba

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a therapeutic nursing intervention that brings animals together with persons with physical and/or emotional needs as a way of meeting those needs. It is based on the growing knowledge of benefits that animals provide to the sick, elderly, and isolated. A model for a...

  8. The effects of pet therapy on the social behavior of institutionalized Alzheimer's clients

    | Contributor(s):: L.G. Kongable, Kathleen C. Buckwalter, J.M. Stolley

    Twelve (N = 12) Alzheimer's (AD) residents of a Special Care Unit in a large midwest Veterans' Home were observed for the effects of the presence of a pet dog on eight social behaviors: smiles, laughs, looks, leans, touches, verbalizations, name-calling, and others. Observations took place on...

  9. The effects of animal-assisted therapy on the recovery of individuals with unilateral spatial neglect

    | Contributor(s):: Lisa Hegarty

    The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of limb-activating strategy using either a rote activity or a meaningful activity (animal-assisted therapy) in the treatment of an individual with unilateral spatial neglect. An ABCA single-subject design was used. The participant was a 61 year...

  10. Animal assisted therapy and autism intervention: A synthesis of the literature

    | Contributor(s):: Jocelyn Turner

    The overall intention of this research project was to determine if, based on the available literature, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has potential as an efficacious adjunctive therapy method for helping to generate greater levels of social functioning, for individuals with Autism. This project...