This post attaches a recent paper written to evaluate Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), particularly with trained therapy dogs in cases of Autism, Intellectual Disability, and in early, middle, and late childhood intervention contexts. However the paper is equally applicable to adult contexts where a range of functional disabilities and dog assisted therapy are being considered.
The work was undertaken to provide background information by analysis of the literature from senior behaviour support and clinical and professional analysis. We were interested in examining international contexts in light of emerging Australian trends in Autism and ID support systems, especially in light of the NDIS Act 2013 and Behaviour Support Rules 2018. The results from our analysis suggested a rather solid account of efficacy and effectiveness as reflected in the international literature.
We have been able to apply this information in senior qualified case-based behaviour support reviews leading to positive funding outcomes. While this work is extensive, and given the newness of these efforts in Australia, we are humbled and proud to say that down to the dedication of AAT specialists and parents and family who seek to improve the quality of life of their participants, the work we have done so far likely sets a precedent for AAT and canine assisted therapy nationally.
The Efficacy of Canine Assisted Therapy in Autism and Intellectual Disability Focused Behavioural Support in Australia: A Clinical Review of Literature for Case-Based Consideration
Page Count and Content:
14 Pages, with References