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This thesis explores some of these unique benefits, as well as the practicalities, of a therapy dog program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I also gather from the literature some of the best practices for implementing a therapy dog program in a public school, as well as current law regarding animals and public schools. In the third chapter, I address some opposition that people may have to animal-assisted therapy (AAT), and highlight the fact that teachers and therapists should work to find the best intervention to suit the individual needs of the child with ASD.
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Bachelor of Arts
Rubchinuk, Elyse, "The Social Benefits of Therapy Dogs in the Classroom for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders" (2017). Standard Theses. 139.
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