Animal assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism

Author: Merope Pavlides
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846427954
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book looks at how therapies involving animals can be used to help individuals with autism to develop skills, including sensory and social skills, to manage challenging behaviors, and improve quality of life. Whether participating in therapeutic horseback riding, utilizing a trained service dog, visiting a dolphin therapy center, or simply experiencing companion animal therapy, people with autism can reap a multitude of benefits from interaction with furry, feathered, and finned friends. Merope Pavlides relates the success stories of different animal-assisted interventions, as well as noting the challenges of working with particular animal species. She also emphasizes the importance of tailoring interventions to the specific needs of the individual and of monitoring progress. With recommendations for resources and further reading, this book will be of great interest to people with autism, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.

Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy

Author: Aubrey H. Fine
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0128014369
Format: PDF, ePub
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In the 15 years since the first edition of Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy published, the field has changed considerably. The fourth edition of the Handbook highlights advances in the field, with 11 new chapters and over 40% new material. In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal-assisted therapy (AAT) into their practices, best practices in animal-assisted intervention, how to design and implement animal-assisted interventions, and the efficacy of AAT with different disorders and patient populations. Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, the elderly, those receiving palliative care, as well as people with chronic disorders, AIDS, trauma, and autistic spectrum disorders. Additional chapters cover techniques for working with families, in juvenile and criminal justice systems, and in colleges and universities. Summarizes efficacy research on AAT Identifies how to design and implement animal assisted interventions Provides methods, standards, and guidelines for AAT Discusses AAT for children, the elderly, and special populations Describes AAT use in different settings Includes 11 new chapters and 40% new material

The Effects of Animal Assisted Interventions on Children with Autism During the Movement Assessment Battery for Children 2 MABC 2

Author: Dannielle Miccinello
Publisher:
ISBN:
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The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is rapidly increasing. Due to the unique needs of children with ASD, therapeutic services may be sought to improve daily living skills and motor skills. In addition to deficits in communication and language abilities, as well as repetitive, stereotyped behaviors and interests, behavior problems and a lack motivation can be present in anyone with ASD. These characteristics may create unforeseen obstacles and challenges for a therapist or researcher during a motor skills evaluation. In various settings the use of an animal assisted intervention (AAI), commonly introducing a therapy dog to a familiar or stressful situation, has been shown to be beneficial in increasing engagement and attention while decreasing disruptive behaviors and physiological This study was exploratory in nature and therefore, no predications were made. The purpose of this study was to observe the effects of a therapy dog on children with ASD during a standardized motor skills assessment. Specifically, Total Test score of the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2 (MABC-2), heart rate and percentage of time engaged and off task during the assessment were monitored for this study. This study employed an ABA design, in which seven boys with ASD (10.3 + 1.1 years) completed the MABC-2 three times - twice without a therapy dog present (A) and once with a therapy dog present (B). While no significant statistical differences were found among baseline and intervention conditions, the slight emergence of common themes could be seen in qualitative reports. Older participants had a decreased heart rate and percentage of time off task whereas younger participants had an increased heart rate and percentage of time off task with the therapy dog present. While generalizations cannot be made, future studies should aim to increase the number of participants to observe if the therapy dog effects score, heart rate or percentage of time spent engaged and off task during a motor skills assessment.

Children and Companion Animals Psychosocial Medical and Neurobiological Implications

Author: Andrea M. Beetz
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
ISBN: 2889455599
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Children and companion animals seem to have a natural affinity towards each other. Most children desire a relationship with their own companion animals or at least demonstrate an interest to interact with animals in general. Living with companion animals or interacting with animals may have psychosocial, neurobiological, or medically relevant effects on typically developing children and juveniles as well as those with diverse and special needs. In this eBook, we present several articles addressing the relationships between children/juveniles and animals in different countries, including Austria, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Three articles discuss approaches in animal-assisted education, including animal keeping and animal assisted interventions in schools, and an experimental study investigating immediate effects of dogs on reading competence and accompanying stress reactions with cortisol and behavior. Other articles address topics involving children and their companion animals, including dog-walking by children and juveniles, risks of dog bites by the family dog, selection of pet dogs for families with a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the relationships that children with ASD have with their family cats. The interactions between children/juveniles and animals addressed in this eBook provide new insights into some scarcely investigated themes, and underline the significance of animals in children's lives.

Iris Grace

Author: Arabella Carter-Johnson
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3732533417
Format: PDF, Docs
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Wenn Iris malt, verliert sie sich ganz in den Farben und Formen. Doch bevor sie zu einem Wunderkind wurde, war sie vor allem ein Kind, das ein Wunder brauchte. Denn Iris Grace hat Autismus. In den ersten Lebensjahren war sie unerreichbar, lebte in ihrer eigenen Welt, die Familie verzweifelte. Dann entdeckte ihre Mutter, wie fasziniert Iris mit Pinsel und Farbe umging. Und schließlich war es die kleine Katze Thula, die die Verbindung zwischen Iris und der Außenwelt herstellte. Eine zauberhafte, wahre Geschichte.

Das andere Ende der Leine

Author: Patricia B. McConnell
Publisher: Kynos Verlag
ISBN: 3942335557
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Dieses Buch wirft eine revolutionäre, neue Perspektive auf unseren Umgang mit Hunden: Es beleuchtet unser Verhalten im Vergleich zu dem der Hunde! Als Doktorin der Zoologie, Tierverhaltenstherapeutin und Hundetrainerin mit mehr als zwanzig Jahren Praxiserfahrung betrachtet Patricia McConnell uns Menschen augenzwinkernd wie eine interessante Spezies von Säugetieren. Fundiert, aber höchst unterhaltsam beschreibt sie, wie wir uns in Gegenwart von Hunden verhalten, wie die Hunde unser Verhalten interpretieren (oder missverstehen) könnten und wie wir am besten mit unseren vierbeinigen Freunden umgehen, um das Beste aus ihnen herauszuholen. Beginnen Sie, Hundeverhalten aus der Sicht eines Hundes zu betrachten und Sie werden verstehen, warum vieles, das wie Ungehorsam Ihres Hundes aussieht, einfach ein großes Missverständnis ist. Denn wir sind Primaten, die Hunde Caniden - und sprechen folglich andere Sprachen! Hier erfahren Sie: - Wie Ihr Hund eher auf Zuruf kommt, wenn Sie sich weniger wie ein Affe und mehr wie ein Hund benehmen - Warum der Rat, "Dominanz" über den Hund erlangen zu müssen, Sie in Schwierigkeiten bringen kann - Welche Persönlichkeitstypen Menschen und Hunden gemeinsam sind und warum die meisten Hunde lieber mit großzügigen Herrschern als mit "Möchtegern-Alphas" zusammenleben - ... und vieles mehr! Zahlreiche kleine Geschichten, Erlebnisse und amüsante Begebenheiten am Rande machen dieses Buch zu einer Fundgrube für Aha-Erlebnisse, bei denen höchstes Lesevergnügen garantiert ist. So viel Spaß kann Verhaltensforschung machen!

Animal Assisted Therapy

Author: Donald Altschiller
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313357218
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This comprehensive overview of the many types of animal-assisted therapy provides the perfect reference for students, general readers, pet owners, animal care specialists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, and mental health professionals. • A list of government regulations about the rights of service dogs in public accommodations • A glossary of major terms, such as animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted activities, equine therapy, and many others • The most comprehensive annotated bibliography yet developed on the subject, including books, journal articles, videos, and websites

Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling

Author: Cynthia K. Chandler
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317374983
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The third edition of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling is the most comprehensive book available dedicated to training mental health practitioners in the performance of animal assisted therapy in counseling (AAT-C). New to this edition is discussion of the human-animal relational theory, a new theory dedicated to the practice of AAT-C. This edition also has added applications for supervision and includes the most recent research and practice. Consistent with previous editions, a variety of animal-assisted interventions are described with case examples provided in a variety of settings with different types of animals. This unique resource is an indispensable guide for any counselor or psychotherapist looking to develop and implement AAT techniques in practice.