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Dog Assisted Therapy for children with behavioural or developmental disorders

During the last decade, therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) supported by a therapydog (Canis lupus familiaris) has become increasingly popular. Although the number of studies investigating the effectiveness of Dog Assisted Therapy (DAT) is growing, there are only few studies describing the core elements of DAT. In this research project we are going to have a closer look at DAT: Does it works? What are the elements of DAT? What are the experiences of clients, parents and therapist? Why does it work?
The projected includes a literature review on current Dog Assisted Therapy Research, a qualitative study to get insight in the experiences van clients and parents, a quantitative study to monitor the development of the children during and after the therapy and an observational study.

Prof. dr. R. Didden, dr. N.C. Peters-Scheffer