Advisor

Athanasiou, Michelle C.

Committee Member

Bardos, Achilles N.

Committee Member

Pierce, Corey

Department

School Psychology

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-1-2015

Genre

Thesis

Extent

154 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Description

This study investigated the influence of Animal Assisted Therapy on three elementary school boys’ with Autism Spectrum Disorder emotional regulation. The children participated in 12 Animal Assisted Therapy sessions using the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum with a therapy dog over the course of 6-8 weeks. A non-concurrent multiple-baseline-across-participants design was used to examine how the intervention affected the frequency, intensity, and duration of tantrums and the frequency and intensity of aggressive behaviors. Tantrums and aggressive behaviors were used as indicators of emotional dysregulation. There was minimal evidence that indicated that Animal Assisted Therapy might decrease the duration of tantrum behaviors and the intensity of aggressive behaviors. Overall, the results did not suggest that Animal Assisted Therapy had a positive effect on the participants’ temper tantrums and aggressive behaviors.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Jesionowicz_unco_0161D_10403

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

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