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ERIC Number: EJ918080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-1383
Dolphin-Assisted Therapy for Children with Special Needs: A Pilot Study
Dilts, Rachel; Trompisch, Norbert; Bergquist, Timothy M.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v6 n1 p56-68 2011
Dolphin-assisted therapy (DAT), as a part of animal-assisted therapy and complementary and alternative medicine, yields several positive results. This study intended to add to DAT effectiveness research while using a standardized assessment. In the Ukraine, a DAT program called DolphinSwim agreed to take part in research with 37 voluntary participants. These participants were the parents of children with special needs, as defined by a variety of diagnoses, including developmental, cognitive, emotional, and physical disorders. An evaluation of five treatment programs took place during a 2-week period. The Behavior Dimensions Rating Scale was administered to program participants during pretreatment and posttreatment on site. Paired-samples t-tests indicated positive behavioral changes in children, as reported by parents. The article concludes with a discussion of the results and suggestions for future research. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ukraine