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ERIC Number: EJ757315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9924
The Effect of a Therapy Dog on the Communication Skills of an Adult with Aphasia
LaFrance, Caroline; Garcia, Linda J.; Labreche, Julianne
Journal of Communication Disorders, v40 n3 p215-224 May-Jun 2007
Little evidence-based research has been published within the field of communication disorders on the role of dogs as catalysts for human communication. This single participant study, a point of entry into this realm of research, explores the effects of a therapy dog on the communication skills of a patient with aphasia receiving intensive speech and language therapy within a rehabilitation setting. The researchers conclude that the presence of the dog does have the potential to stimulate both overt social-verbal and social-nonverbal communication. Learning outcomes: As a result of this activity the reader will be able to (1) describe the beneficial role of dogs to serve as catalysts for human communication (2) describe ways in which a person with aphasia may be assisted by a therapy dog and (3) become familiar with an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) program set-up for patients with communication disorders within a rehabilitation setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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