|Title:||Animal Assisted Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parent Perspectives|
|Authors:||Condon, Maeve Doyle|
animal assisted intervention
|Abstract:||Background/aim: Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a promising intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but requires further research. This study aims to explore the parent perspective of the therapeutic impact of five AAT sessions on their children with ASD. Method: A phenomenological qualitative approach was used to access first-hand parent perspectives. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted and a thematic analysis was consensus coded using NVIVO. Findings: Seventeen parents participated in the study. Participants reported the presence of the dogs engendered engagement, enjoyment, and motivation within their children. This reportedly contributed to gains in communication, regulation, and community access. Conclusion: Findings indicate that parents support the use of AAT for children with ASD. Dogs as nonverbal and nonjudgmental therapy partners facilitated therapeutic gains.|
|Type of Work:||Thesis|
|Appears in Collections:||Masters (Course Work) and Honours Theses - Occupational Therapy|
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