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Animal-Assisted Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Literature Review
  • M. O'Haire
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of autism and developmental disorders
  • 1 July 2013
TLDR
It is demonstrated that there is preliminary “proof of concept” of AAI for ASD and the need for further, more rigorous research is highlighted. Expand
Companion animals and human health: Benefits, challenges, and the road ahead
Fossil evidence indicates an association between human beings and animals dating back at least half a million years. Today, this relationship remains strong, as evidenced by millions of visits toExpand
Functional properties of tropical banded cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus) protein hydrolysates.
TLDR
Improved functional properties of cricket protein hydrolysates demonstrate the potential to develop cricket protein Hydrolysates as a source of functional alternative protein in food ingredient formulations. Expand
Research on animal-assisted intervention and autism spectrum disorder, 2012–2015
  • M. O'Haire
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Applied developmental science
  • 23 February 2017
TLDR
The need for further research is highlighted, calling for a focus on refining AAI techniques, identifying optimal circumstances for positive change as well as individuals who may not benefit, and independent replication of high quality studies to move AAI from an enrichment activity to an evidence-based practice for autism. Expand
Animal-Assisted Intervention for trauma: a systematic literature review
TLDR
It is concluded that AAI may provide promise as a complementary treatment option for trauma, but that further research is essential to establish feasibility, efficacy, and manualizable protocols. Expand
Social Behaviors Increase in Children with Autism in the Presence of Animals Compared to Toys
TLDR
It is suggested that the presence of an animal can significantly increase positive social behaviors among children with ASD. Expand
Preliminary Efficacy of Service Dogs as a Complementary Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military Members and Veterans
TLDR
The addition of trained service dogs to usual care may confer clinically meaningful improvements in PTSD symptomology for military members and veterans with PTSD, though it does not appear to be associated with a loss of diagnosis. Expand
Animals may act as social buffers: Skin conductance arousal in children with autism spectrum disorder in a social context.
TLDR
Children with autism spectrum disorder showed a 43% decrease in skin conductance responses during free play with peers in the presence of animals, compared to toys, suggesting animals may act as social buffers for children with ASD, conferring unique anxiolytic effects. Expand
Effects of classroom animal-assisted activities on social functioning in children with autism spectrum disorder.
TLDR
Results demonstrate the feasibility and potential efficacy of a new classroom-based Animal-Assisted Activities model, which may provide a relatively simple and cost-effective means of helping educators and families to improve the social functioning of children with ASD. Expand
Measuring the Effects of an Animal-Assisted Intervention for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Their Parents: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial
TLDR
Animal-assisted interventions may provide certain benefits for parents and families during the initial stages of pediatric cancer treatment, and no significant differences between groups over time on any measures were observed. Expand
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