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Title: An evaluation of animal-assisted therapy for autism spectrum disorders: therapist and parent perspectives
Authors: Ang, Chin-Siang
MacDougall, Freya Anne
Keywords: Science::Medicine
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Ang, C. & MacDougall, F. A. (2022). An evaluation of animal-assisted therapy for autism spectrum disorders: therapist and parent perspectives. Psychological Studies, 67(1), 72-81.
Journal: Psychological Studies
Abstract: Although there are a variety of psychological and therapeutic approaches to coping Autism Spectrum Disorder, people with autism still face some challenges in a "normal" therapy setting. Some therapy organizations and services have proposed an alternative therapy approach, Animal-assisted therapy (AAT). The aim of this phenomenological study was to gain a better understanding of the therapists and parents of individuals who choose the alternative approach, AAT. Data were collected through structured interviews with a group of three therapists and four parents. An analysis of the data revealed three main themes; the first theme named the perceived benefits of AAT with three subthemes consisting of physical benefits, sensory benefits and emotional benefits. The second theme is named the way AAT works with subthemes of client-centred therapy and mixed models, and the third theme is potential limitations of AAT. Limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed.
ISSN: 0033-2968
DOI: 10.1007/s12646-022-00647-w
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s) under exclusive licence to National Academy of Psychology (NAOP) India. All rights reserved.
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