ISSN: 2544-4395
Physiotherapy Quarterly formerly Fizjoterapia
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Evaluation of the effectiveness of canine assisted therapy as a complementary method of rehabilitation in disabled children

Iwona Grabowska, Bożena Ostrowska

Online publish date: 2018/10/13
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Introduction
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of canine assisted therapy as a complementary method of rehabilitation in children with developmental disabilities.

Methods
Overall, 39 children with a disability, of both sexes, aged 4–9 years took part in the study. The diagnostic survey was used as a method, the research tool was a survey that consisted of 23 questions. The survey was to be filled in by the parents.

Results
Canine assisted therapy turned out the most effective one in attention-focussing (94%), developing mobility (92%) and motor function (90%), improving downtime (92%), achieving balance and coordination (84%), and finding a way to show affection (83%). Therapeutic benefits were also observed in the children’s emotional and social sphere.

Conclusions
Canine assisted therapy has a major impact on improving balance, coordination, and motor skills. The closeness of the animal makes children quiet and relaxed. Canine assisted therapy contributes to the reduction of aggressive behaviour and increases awareness. It is an effective and recommendable complementary method of rehabilitation for children with intellectual and motor disorders.

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autism, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, animal assisted therapy, canine assisted therapy

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