Date Presented 04/05/19

Children can display maladaptive behaviors (MB) during OT sessions. MB hinder progress to goal attainment. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a cost-effective method to mitigate MB. Children's behaviors during OT sessions with and without a therapy dog were compared using qualitative and quantitative measures. Children remained on-task longer during sessions with a dog than without a dog. Additionally, therapists described positive effects from AAT during OT sessions.

Primary Author and Speaker: Nicole Huang

Contributing Authors: Regina Abel, Lindsay Mouradian, Sonya Steckler

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