An observational study on canine-assisted play therapy for children with autism: Move towards the phrase of manualization and protocol development

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Abstract

Canine-assisted play therapy (CAPT) is an emerging psychosocial intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The present case studies used quantitative observation of experimenter-designated behavioral outcomes to examine the effectiveness of a planned CAPT intervention. By utilizing a coding system with typical and ASD-specific behavioral categories, the verbal and non-verbal social behaviors of two elementary-aged children with ASD as well as intellectual and language impairments at pre-treatment, during CAPT treatment, at post-treatment and at follow-up are systematically coded and analyzed. This study took the first steps toward making CAPT treatment manuals and research protocol available to a wider audience. Their publication will assist in standardizing the technique for replication in research and in practice. Copyright © 2017 The authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-86
JournalGlobal journal of health science
Volume9
Issue number7
Early online dateApr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Citation

Fung, S. C. (2017). An observational study on canine-assisted play therapy for children with autism: Move towards the phrase of manualization and protocol development. Global Journal of Health Science, 9(7), 67-86. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v9n7p67

Keywords

  • Animal-assisted intervention
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Canine-assisted play therapy
  • Observational study

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