How Therapy Dogs Are Providing Significant Benefits To Children With ADHD

How Therapy Dogs Are Providing Significant Benefits To Children With ADHD

For children struggling with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), visits with a therapy dog may provide effective relief from symptoms, according to research from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). In 2015, preliminary results of the study were released, showing that canine-assisted intervention (CAI) was useful for children with ADHD. The study involved 24 children with ADHD who received group therapy weekly, with or without CAI, for 12 weeks. Parents reported improvements in children of both groups, including better social skills and prosocial behaviors, and fewer problematic behaviors. But while children in both groups had declines in the severity of their...

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