ERIC Number: ED258430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Child's Modes of Communication with the Animal.
Salomon, Anne; Comeau, Judith
The paper reviews ways in which animals have been used in a therapeutic way with disturbed persons and suggests that animals may help to reduce anxiety and reestablish the socialization process with autistic children and their parents. An etiological study is described of the verbal and nonverbal behavior of four disturbed children (9-11 years old) with hamsters. Child-animal interaction was observed during classroom free play. Analysis of 30-minute sessions examined language functions, conversational acts, social behavior, gestures, distance between child and animal, and eye contact. Changes from first to last sessions were noted, including increases in emotional and personal functions, gestures, and physical contact. Distance between the child and animal decreased. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Child in Social Context Conference (Winnipeg, Canada, October 4-5, 1984).