Poster Session
Issue Date: August 01, 2019
Published Online: November 15, 2019
Updated: November 26, 2019
The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) on OT in a Pediatric Clinic
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis, MO, USA
Article Information
Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Basic Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2019
The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) on OT in a Pediatric Clinic
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2019, Vol. 73, 7311505169. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO6018
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2019, Vol. 73, 7311505169. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO6018
Abstract

Date Presented 04/05/19

Children can display maladaptive behaviors (MB) during OT sessions. MB hinder progress to goal attainment. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a cost-effective method to mitigate MB. Children's behaviors during OT sessions with and without a therapy dog were compared using qualitative and quantitative measures. Children remained on-task longer during sessions with a dog than without a dog. Additionally, therapists described positive effects from AAT during OT sessions.

Primary Author and Speaker: Nicole Huang

Contributing Authors: Regina Abel, Lindsay Mouradian, Sonya Steckler