Family Dog-Assisted Adapted Physical Activity: A Case Study
AbstractPurpose: The aim of this case study was to examine the individual effects of an adapted physical activity, animal-assisted intervention (APA-AAI) with the family dog on motor skills, physical activity, and quality of life of a child with cerebral palsy (CP). Method: This study used an A-B-A single-subject design. The assessment phase (phase A) occurred pre- and post-intervention. This consisted of standardized assessments of motor skills, quality of life questionnaires, physical activity (measured using the GT3X+ accelerometer) and the human-animal bond. The intervention (phase B) lasted 8 weeks and consisted of adapted physical activities performed with the family dog once a week for 60 min in a lab setting. In addition, the participant had at-home daily activities to complete with the family dog. Results: Visual analysis was used to analyze the data. Motor skill performance, physical activity, quality of life and human animal interaction gains were observed in each case. Conclusions: These preliminary results provided initial evidence that the family-dog can play a role in healthy lifestyles through APA-AAI in children with CP. View Full-Text
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Tepfer, A.; Ross, S.; MacDonald, M.; Udell, M.A.R.; Ruaux, C.; Baltzer, W. Family Dog-Assisted Adapted Physical Activity: A Case Study. Animals 2017, 7, 35.
Tepfer A, Ross S, MacDonald M, Udell MAR, Ruaux C, Baltzer W. Family Dog-Assisted Adapted Physical Activity: A Case Study. Animals. 2017; 7(5):35.Chicago/Turabian Style
Tepfer, Amanda; Ross, Samantha; MacDonald, Megan; Udell, Monique A.R.; Ruaux, Craig; Baltzer, Wendy. 2017. "Family Dog-Assisted Adapted Physical Activity: A Case Study." Animals 7, no. 5: 35.
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