Department or Program

Environmental Studies


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.

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Jane Costlow

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages



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