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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 12/2020

24-04-2020 | Original Paper

Animal Assisted Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parent perspectives

Auteurs: Maeve Doyle London, Lynette Mackenzie, Meryl Lovarini, Claire Dickson, Alberto Alvarez-Campos

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 12/2020

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Abstract

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 interviews were conducted. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Seventeen parents reported that the presence of the dogs facilitated their children’s engagement, enjoyment, and motivation. Parents also reported that this contributed to gains in the child’s communication with others and the dog (n = 11, 64.7%), behavioral regulation (n = 12, 70.6%), and community participation (n = 14, 82.3%). These findings indicate that parents supported the use of AAT and that dogs facilitated therapeutic gains.

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Metagegevens
Titel
Animal Assisted Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parent perspectives
Auteurs
Maeve Doyle London
Lynette Mackenzie
Meryl Lovarini
Claire Dickson
Alberto Alvarez-Campos
Publicatiedatum
24-04-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 12/2020
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04512-5