PSY5201 U02D1 Isamar_Rivera.docx - Literature Search Question \u201cDoes animal assisted therapy provide benefits in social interaction in children on the

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Literature Search Question: “Does animal assisted therapy provide benefits in social interaction in children on the autistic disorder spectrum?” 1. Anderson, S., & Meints, K. (2016). Brief Report: The Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on the Social Functioning in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 46 (10), 3344– 3352. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2869-3 Based on the information in this article, equine assisted therapy (therapy involving horses) is increasing in popularity for treatment ASD symptoms. This quantitative study focuses on how equine assisted activities help with symptoms of ASD. The method of the study included collecting data through ANOVA. The research evaluated effects of a 5-week program of therapeutic riding on social functioning of children/adolescents with ASD. Results of the study showed that the therapeutic intervention increased empathizing and maladaptive behavior. Although, it does not change all the child’s behavior, it can improve specific aspects of social functioning. This article is truly relevant to my integrative project, as it helps in supporting the relationship between animal assisted therapy and the social interaction with children on the autistic spectrum. This article was chosen in terms of theory of content. 2. Carlisle, G. K. (2014). The Social Skills and Attachment to Dogs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 45 (5), 1137–1145. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2267-7 Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have deficits in social skills, and interaction with service dogs has been associated with increased social skills for children with ASD
(Carlisle, 2014). The method identified in the study includes children ages eight to 18 years, Intelligence Quotient (IQ) greater than 70 and a diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder, Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children having a service dog were excluded. This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted using a telephone survey. The hypothesis was that children with ASD living with a dog would have increased social skills, compared with those without a dog. Findings suggest children with ASD may bond with their dogs, and pet ownership may be associated with increased social skills. The results of the study will provide support for answering the LSQ. 3. Fung, S.-C., & Leung, A. S.-M. (2014). Pilot Study Investigating the Role of Therapy Dogs in Facilitating Social Interaction among Children with Autism. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy , 44 (4), 253–262. doi:uh.1007/s10879-014-9274-z The research question for this study focuses on answern a therapy dog can fulfill as a “speech elicitor” for children with autism. This study has a group-comparison design. Comparing two interventions, matching and random assignment were used to form the experimental group (Animal-Assisted Play Therapy with a therapy dog) and the comparison group (an identical play therapy procedure using a doll as the dog surrogate). The method of study consisted of 10

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