Animal assisted therapy: More than just recreation?

Lidgerwood, Sarah and Gillingham, Philip (2012) Animal assisted therapy: More than just recreation?. Developing Practice, 2012 31: 7-17.

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Author Lidgerwood, Sarah
Gillingham, Philip
Title Animal assisted therapy: More than just recreation?
Journal name Developing Practice
ISSN 1445-6818
Publication date 2012-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2012
Issue 31
Start page 7
End page 17
Total pages 11
Place of publication Haymarket, NSW, Australia
Publisher Association of Childrens Welfare Agencies
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Recreational activities which involve contact with animals have long been promoted as constructive for children and young people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. More recently these activities have been recast as Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), and their potential for therapeutic impact has been emphasised. This is, though, a relatively new development in Australia and there has been little research to date which has evaluated possible therapeutic benefits. The research presented in this article aims to explore the question of what the benefits of attendance at an "Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Centre", that also involves the use of a range of farmyard animals, might be for children and young people with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities.
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Created: Mon, 28 May 2012, 22:23:44 EST by Philip Gillingham on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services