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Loveridge, Stacy – Online Submission, 2017
This report discusses the benefits of canine-assisted reading through the "Tail Waggin' Tutors" program at the Glen Burnie Regional Library in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Presented are the two different types of therapy dog interactions, Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA). The first canine-assisted…
Descriptors: Animals, Reading Programs, Public Libraries, Library Services
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Andreasen, Gena; Stella, Tiffany; Wilkison, Megan; Szczech Moser, Christy; Hoelzel, Allison; Hendricks, Laura – Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 2017
The use of animals for therapeutic purposes has been documented in the literature for centuries. This review will highlight evidence of the benefits of animal-assisted therapy as well as provide a plethora of resources for therapists interested in learning more about how animals can provide restorative benefits for their clients.
Descriptors: Animals, Occupational Therapy, Intervention, Children
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London, Maeve Doyle; Mackenzie, Lynette; Lovarini, Meryl; Dickson, Claire; Alvarez-Campos, Alberto – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2020
Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is an intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This study explores parent perspectives of the impact of five AAT sessions involving trained dogs with their children with ASD. A phenomenological qualitative approach was used to explore first-hand perspectives of parents. In-depth, semi-structured…
Descriptors: Animals, Therapy, Parent Attitudes, Autism
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Graham, Louise B.; Lindsey, Allison – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2017
A review of Animal-Assisted Therapy and related terms such as "Animal-Assisted Activities" is presented as an introduction to the exploration of additional equine applications with children. Animal-Assisted Therapy has been studied, but Animal-Assisted Activities with children facing normal developmental struggles has not received much…
Descriptors: Horses, Counseling Techniques, Children, Child Development
Marscher, Shelby L. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This project explored the phenomena of school based mental health practitioners' experience with animal assisted therapy. The purpose of this study was to begin to identify and understand the existing gap between a promising practice and a profession that could be aided by its use. Analysis of qualitative data gathered from semi-structured…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Elementary Schools, Animals, Intervention
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Wijker, Carolien; Leontjevas, Ruslan; Spek, Annelies; Enders-Slegers, Marie-Jose – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2020
Effective treatments of highly prevalent stress-related outcomes such as depression and anxiety are understudied in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A randomized controlled trial with baseline, post-intervention, and 10-week follow-up, that explores the effects of animal assisted therapy (AAT) was conducted. In total, 53 adults with ASD…
Descriptors: Animals, Therapy, Adults, Autism
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Kras, Nicole – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2021
Ecotherapy-based experiences have been shown to provide multiple benefits such as improved cognitive functioning, increased overall well-being and improved mental and physical health. Few, if any studies have considered the benefits of providing these types of experiences for urban community college students. This pilot study introduces an eco-art…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Urban Areas, Two Year College Students, Workshops
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Hoagwood, Kimberly Eaton; Acri, Mary; Morrissey, Meghan; Peth-Pierce, Robin – Applied Developmental Science, 2017
To systematically review experimental evidence regarding animal-assisted therapies (AAT) for children or adolescents with or at risk for mental health conditions, we reviewed all experimental AAT studies published between 2000-2015, and compared studies by animal type, intervention, and outcomes. Studies were included if used therapeutically for…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Mental Disorders, At Risk Persons
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Sandt, Dawn D. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
The use of therapy dogs as an animal-assisted education (AAE) intervention in the early childhood special education classroom (ECSE) is a growing phenomenon. Research reflects the potential of using canines to support the academic and functional performance of young students with disabilities. Using therapy dogs in a classroom setting to support…
Descriptors: Animals, Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Therapy
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Collica-Cox, Kimberly; Furst, Gennifer – Journal of Prison Education and Reentry, 2019
With 68% of prisoners recidivating within a three year period, designing and implementing innovative programming within the corrections setting is a necessity. The transient nature of the jail population begets difficulties for its successful implementation and maintenance. Since incarcerated females represent a smaller portion of the population,…
Descriptors: Females, Institutionalized Persons, Parent Education, Correctional Education
Zents, Courtney E. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Adolescence is marked by a period of stress with a portion of these individuals experiencing problems with anxiety. There are physical and psychological benefits of using animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for decreasing anxiety, however, the research on this is limited. The current study expands on the AAT literature by studying the additive effects…
Descriptors: Animals, Therapy, Anxiety, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
Rosenburg, Karen L. – Online Submission, 2016
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…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Animals
Watts, Katie; Everly, Janet Stout – Exceptional Parent, 2009
The Delta Society defines animal-assisted therapy as "a goal-directed intervention in which an animal is incorporated as an integral part of the clinical healthcare treatment process." Unlike other animal-assisted activities, animal-assisted therapy, or AAT, is led by a professional such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist,…
Descriptors: Animals, Quality of Life, Disabilities, Patients
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Morris, Christina H.; Kropp, Jerri J.; Sartain, Christina L. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2019
Research has shown that animal-assisted activities have specific benefits for older adults, such as decreasing loneliness (Banks & Banks, 2002; Banks, Willoughby, & Banks, 2008; Calvert, 1989) and depression (Grubbs, Artese, Schmitt, Cormier, & Panton, 2016; Le Roux & Kemp, 2009; Moretti et al., 2010) while increasing positive…
Descriptors: Animals, Older Adults, Alzheimers Disease, Socialization
Gladding, Samuel T. – American Counseling Association, 2016
This latest edition of "The Creative Arts in Counseling" is a powerful, evidence-based examination of how creative expression can be used in counseling with clients of various ages and backgrounds. It explores the clinical application of all of the major creative arts, including music, dance/movement, imagery, visual arts,…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Art Activities, Art Education, Counseling Services
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