Animal-assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism
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 challenging behaviors, and improve quality of life. Whether participating in therapeutic horseback riding, utilizing a trained service dog, visiting a dolphin therapy center, or simply experiencing companion animal therapy, people with autism can reap a multitude of benefits from interaction with furry, feathered, and finned friends. Merope Pavlides relates the success stories of different animal-assisted interventions, as well as noting the challenges of working with particular animal species. She also emphasizes the importance of tailoring interventions to the specific needs of the individual and of monitoring progress. With recommendations for resources and further reading, this book will be of great interest to people with autism, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.
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Page 27 - ... 2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. 3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Page 28 - ... 3. Freedom from pain, injury, and disease by prevention and/or rapid diagnosis and treatment. 4. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions that avoid mental suffering. 5. Freedom to express most normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal's own kind.
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Page 25 - As presented throughout this handbook, these core domains are emotional well-being, interpersonal relationships, material well-being, personal development, physical well-being, self-determination, social inclusion, and rights.
Page 22 - It seems to me that if we trained pets to give bodily comfort to the autistic child in his crib or while he is a toddler and thus provided constant stimulation throughout his waking hours, it would assuage the autistic child's all-consuming anxiety and help him to establish a firmer grip on reality.