M.A. Special Education
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Kuder, Sydney J.
Anxiety in children; Children with disabilities; Psychiatric service dogs in education
Special Education and Teaching
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of animal-assisted therapy on the anxiety and school attendance of students with disabilities in a middle school language and learning disabled classroom. A single subject design with ABAB phases was utilized. Students participated in animal-assisted therapy during the beginning of their science class period. The anxiety levels of student participants were assessed through the use of Ottawa-Georgia scales for stress across all baseline and intervention phases. Student attendance was tracked using a student roster attendance sheet during each day of the phases. In addition, students complete a Likert scale survey regarding their satisfaction with the use of animal-assisted therapy in the classroom. The results from this study suggest that student participation in animal-assisted therapy decreased student anxiety levels while increasing student attendance. Also, student participants indicated strong satisfaction with the use of animal-assisted therapy in the classroom.
Klink, Lisa M., "The effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy on the anxiety and school attendance of students with disabilities" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 2669.