The effects of animal assisted therapy on an autistic child – description of a case

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Magdalena Kobylińska, Ewa Gajewska

1 (42) 2015 s. 14–17
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Fraza do cytowania: Kobylińska M., Gajewska E. The effects of animal assisted therapy on an autistic child – description of a case. Polski Przegląd Nauk o Zdrowiu. 2015;1(42):14–17.

Autism is a disease characterized by development disorders, ethnology of which is not known. It is manifested by social interactions limitations, communicating disorders and occurrence of motor stereotypies. It is so called autistic triad. One of the therapies offered to autistic people is a dogotherapy. This work describes a case of a six year old boy with diagnosed autism, who attended classes with a dog. The dogotherapy was aimed on improvement of communication and social contacts. After the six weeks therapy the improvement of active speech was noticed. Additionally, while being with a therapeutic dog, the child stopped showing autistic behawior. Although, it is still observed at school and at home

Key words: animal assisted therapy, autism, social interactions, development of language.



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