Therapy Dogs Effective in Reducing Symptoms of ADHD, Study Finds

Therapy Dogs Effective in Reducing Symptoms of ADHD, Study Finds

In a first of its kind randomized trial, researchers from the UCI School of Medicine found therapy dogs to be effective in reducing the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The research involved children aged 7 to 9 who had been diagnosed with ADHD and who had never taken medicines for their condition. Results indicate children with ADHD who received canine assisted intervention (CAI) experienced a reduction in inattention and an improvement in social skills. And, while both CAI and non-CAI interventions were ultimately found to be effective for reducing overall ADHD symptom severity after 12 weeks, the...

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