Animal-assisted intervention for autism spectrum disorder: a systematic literature review

O'Haire, Marguerite E. (2013) Animal-assisted intervention for autism spectrum disorder: a systematic literature review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43 7: 1606-1622. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1707-5


Author O'Haire, Marguerite E.
Title Animal-assisted intervention for autism spectrum disorder: a systematic literature review
Journal name Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
1573-3432
Publication date 2013-07-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s10803-012-1707-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 7
Start page 1606
End page 1622
Total pages 17
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The inclusion of animals in therapeutic activities, known as animal-assisted intervention (AAI), has been suggested as a treatment practice for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This paper presents a systematic review of the empirical research on AAI for ASD. Fourteen studies published in peer-reviewed journals qualified for inclusion. The presentation of AAI was highly variable across the studies. Reported outcomes included improvements for multiple areas of functioning known to be impaired in ASD, namely increased social interaction and communication as well as decreased problem behaviors, autistic severity, and stress. Yet despite unanimously positive outcomes, most studies were limited by many methodological weaknesses. This review demonstrates that there is preliminary "proof of concept" of AAI for ASD and highlights the need for further, more rigorous research.
Keyword Animal assisted intervention
Animal assisted therapy
Autism in children
Human animal interaction
Social functioning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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