Animal-Assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism

Animal-Assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism

by Merope Pavlides
     
 

This book looks at how therapies involving animals can be used to help individuals with autism to develop skills, including sensory and social skills, to manage challengiing behaviors, and improve quality of life. Whether participating in therapeutic horseback riding, utilizing a trained service dog, visting a dolphin therapy center, or simply experiencing

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Overview

This book looks at how therapies involving animals can be used to help individuals with autism to develop skills, including sensory and social skills, to manage challengiing behaviors, and improve quality of life. Whether participating in therapeutic horseback riding, utilizing a trained service dog, visting a dolphin therapy center, or simply experiencing companion animal therapy, people with autism can reap a multitude of benefits from interaction with furry, featheredm and finned friends. Merope Pavlides relates the success stories of differenct animal-assisted interventions, as well as noting the challenges of working with particular animal species. She also emphasizes the importance of tailoring intervention to the specific needs of the individual and of monitoring progress. With recommendations fo rresources and further reading, this book will be of great interest to people with autism, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843108672
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
1,492,812
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Merope Pavlides is a certified pet dog trainer specializing in work with special needs families, and has taught therapeutic horseback riding. One of her own sons has autism, the other has dyslexia and a central auditory processing disorder. Merope has an MS in special education from Johns Hopkins University with a graduate certificate in teaching children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders. She lives in Maryland, USA

Table of Contents

Foreword   Temple Grandin     7
Acknowledgements     11
Introduction     13
Service Dogs     29
Animal-assisted Therapy and Activities     70
Companion Animals     99
Therapeutic Riding     131
Dolphin Therapy     160
Conclusion     186
Online Resources     192
References     194
Subject Index     202
Author Index     207

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