ERIC Number: ED567776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Using Animal Assisted Therapy with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Art Room Setting
Rosenburg, Karen L.
This case study focused on the addition of a therapy dog in an Art I level class at a public high school level that included students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The purpose of this study is to determine how Animal Assisted Therapy may benefit autism support students in the art classroom. The students participated in lessons that focused on representation of feelings through the use of color and combined realistic and abstract subject matters. Qualitative methods of research were used to conduct this study through use of observations, formal and informal interviews of students and teachers, student artifacts/artwork, and student questionnaires. The study focused on 2 students with ASD as well as the classroom as a whole. The data collected was analyzed to gain an understanding of how the inclusion of a therapy dog could assist in successful inclusion, assist students with ASD with socialization, and affect student choice within their artwork. The following are appended: (1) Pax Commands; (2) Lesson Plan; (3) Pre-Study Survey; (4) Mid Study Survey; and (5) Consent Forms.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Animals, Therapy, High School Students, Program Effectiveness, Art Education, Interviews, Art Products, Questionnaires, Inclusion, Participant Observation, Painting (Visual Arts), Emotional Response, Classroom Environment, Qualitative Research
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania