Animal-Assisted Therapy, 1st Edition

  • Donald Altschiller
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  • ISBN-10: 0313357218
  • ISBN-13: 9780313357213
  • DDC: 615.8
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 179 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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The use of animals for therapy is a burgeoning form of treatment for individuals with physical, emotional, or psychological illnesses. It offers a historical overview of the practice, detailing its growth, efficacy, and the many ways it is practiced today. It contains illustrative examples such as successful programs where children with reading problems read aloud to canine companions, and illuminates the nature and effectiveness of ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY. In examining those programs the work explores how the practice is applied both generally and among special populations, incuding children, the elderly, autustic individuals, and the incarcerated. The book also provides specific information 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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Health and Medical Issues Today.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Preface and Acknowledgments.
1: Overview.
2: History of Animal-Assisted Therapy.
3: Programs for Children.
4: Programs for the Elderly.
5: Programs in Prisons.
6: Controversies.
7: Ethical Issues and Questions about Therapy Effectiveness.
Bibliography and Resources.
Appendix A: Bibliography.
Appendix B: Primary Documents.
About the Author.