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Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-Assisted Therapy

by Donald Altschiller


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This comprehensive overview of the many types of animal-assisted therapy provides the perfect reference for students, general readers, pet owners, animal care specialists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, and mental health professionals.

The use of animals for therapy is a burgeoning form of treatment for individuals with physical, emotional, or psychological illnesses. Written for students and general readers, Animal-Assisted Therapy offers a historical overview of the practice, detailing its growth and the many ways it is practiced today.

Filled with illustrative examples, such as successful programs where children with reading problems read aloud to canine companions, the book illuminates the expansive nature and effectiveness of this therapy as it is practiced both generally and among special populations, including children, the elderly, autistic individuals, and the incarcerated. The book also provides specific information that will be of interest to pet owners who want to get involved in these programs and includes information on U.S. government requirements allowing guide dogs in public and private facilities.

• A list of government regulations about the rights of service dogs in public accommodations

• A glossary of major terms, such as animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted activities, equine therapy, and many others

• The most comprehensive annotated bibliography yet developed on the subject, including books, journal articles, videos, and websites

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313357206
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/20/2011
Series: Health and Medical Issues Today
Pages: 179
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Donald Altschiller is a librarian at Mugar Memorial Library at Boston University, Boston, MA. He has written several reference books, including ABC-CLIO's Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Section I Overview 1

1 History of Animal-Assisted Therapy 3

2 Programs for Children 9

3 Programs for the Elderly 21

4 Programs in Prisons 29

Section II Controversies 37

5 Ethical Issues and Questions about Therapy Effectiveness 39

Section III Bibliography and Resources 49

Appendix A Bibliography 51

Appendix B Primary Documents 87

Index 167

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