Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the most ubiquitous mental health problem in children, has been associated with poor self-esteem. Psychosocial interventions have aimed to improve self-esteem among this group, with the aim of reducing the development of comorbid depression and anxiety. The present study implemented a randomized control design to examine the possibility of Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) using Human Animal Interaction therapy dogs as a viable approach to improving self-esteem among children with ADHD.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Animal Assisted Therapy and ADHD created by Sabrina E. B. Schuck, Heather L. Johnson, and Natasha A. Emmerson in 2018.
February 2015 and November 2018
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Sabrina E. B. Schuck
Sabrina Schuck is Executive Director, Child Development Center, Pediatrics School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, USA. Her research interests include ADHD; Autism Spectrum, Disorders of Reading and Written Language; Human-Animal Bond, Canine Assisted Intervention; psychosocial skills, cognitive-behavioral and physical activity interventions; school-based interventions; maternal mental health. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.
Heather L. Johnson
Heather L. Johnson is a research assistant at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States. This is the first paper that she has published in a peer reviewed journal.
Natasha A. Emmerson
Natasha works at the University of California, Irvine, USA and has published 8 works in peer reviewed journals.
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, school psychologists and social workers treating children and adolescent patients with ADHD.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe the impact both CBT and Animal Assisted Interaction and Canine Assisted Interaaction can have on children. his course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
Identify the differences among the outcomes of both therapies.
Extrapolate AAI and CAI as viable alternatives to other therapies including pharmacotherapy.
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