The Effects of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Children with Autism: Could a Furry Friend Help?

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Title:
The Effects of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Children with Autism: Could a Furry Friend Help?
Author:
Serino, Joceline
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
The aim of this study was to test the effects of animal-assisted interventions on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the areas of requesting, facial expressions, and social initiation. The 9 participants in this study were first screened for fear of animals, allergies to animals, and mobility impairments that would make it impossible to interact with a dog. They were then asked to attend 8 weekly play sessions, 4 weeks would be with a dog and 4 weeks would be with a human proxy. Throughout the study, coders would observe the participants and code for requesting, facial expressions, and initiation of social interaction. We found that appropriate requesting began sooner when the participants were exposed to a dog. We also found that smiling spiked in week 4 with the dog, and other facial expressions decreased drastically throughout the entire four weeks with the dog. Interestingly, we also saw a major decrease in social initiation when exposed to both the dog and the proxy that could be due to error. Although the data looks promising, 8 weeks may not have been enough time to ensure that these changes were due to the dog's presence.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.H.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Physiology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Rice, Sydney

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleThe Effects of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Children with Autism: Could a Furry Friend Help?en_US
dc.contributor.authorSerino, Jocelineen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to test the effects of animal-assisted interventions on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the areas of requesting, facial expressions, and social initiation. The 9 participants in this study were first screened for fear of animals, allergies to animals, and mobility impairments that would make it impossible to interact with a dog. They were then asked to attend 8 weekly play sessions, 4 weeks would be with a dog and 4 weeks would be with a human proxy. Throughout the study, coders would observe the participants and code for requesting, facial expressions, and initiation of social interaction. We found that appropriate requesting began sooner when the participants were exposed to a dog. We also found that smiling spiked in week 4 with the dog, and other facial expressions decreased drastically throughout the entire four weeks with the dog. Interestingly, we also saw a major decrease in social initiation when exposed to both the dog and the proxy that could be due to error. Although the data looks promising, 8 weeks may not have been enough time to ensure that these changes were due to the dog's presence.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.S.H.S.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysiologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorRice, Sydneyen
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