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July 2015: Helping dogs

Fluffy fur, four paws and faithful eyes: Dogs are rumored to have a special relation with humans. Some four-legged friends also have a supportive role as well – for people with different disabilities for example. What kinds of so called assistance dogs exist and how they are educated, you will get to know in the Topic of the Month July: Helping dogs.July 2015: Helping dogs - Read more

Animal trauma therapist: "My dog taught me that emotional bonds do not have to hurt"

Not all disabilities are visible. Especially psychological disabilities are often being suppressed or not viewed as such. It is still widely unknown that an assistance dog can help with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other psychological disabilities for example.Animal trauma therapist: "My dog taught me that emotional bonds do not have to hurt" - Read more

Assistance: "A dog does not judge and takes people as they are"

Dogs are man’s best friend. VITA assistance dogs are even more than that: they are partners for (canine) life. Whether it’s emptying the washing machine or helping with social contacts – they assist wherever they can. And they do so unconditionally.Assistance: "A dog does not judge and takes people as they are" - Read more

Helping dogs: Animal assistance in everyday life

They pick up items, warn about dangerous situations or safely guide a person through traffic – assistance dogs for persons with various disabilities have many different duties and responsibilities.Helping dogs: Animal assistance in everyday life - Read more

Pet care can help improve adolescents' Type 1 diabetes management

Photo: Young girl with a fish bowl and a fish [26/06/2015] UT Southwestern Medical Center pediatric diabetes researchers found that incorporating routine pet care into a child's diabetes self-care plan can significantly improve monitoring of the disease, resulting in lower blood glucose levels.Pet care can help improve adolescents' Type 1 diabetes management - Read more

Animals' presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism

Photo: Guinea pig on a child's lap [22/05/2015] When animals are present, children with autism have lower readings on a device that detects anxiety and other forms of social arousal when interacting with their peers. Companion animals – like dogs, cats or the guinea pigs in a new study – may prove to be a helpful addition to treatment programs designed to help children with ASDs improve their social skills and interactions with other people.Animals' presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism - Read more

Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

Photo: Hearing aid lying in a hand [27/04/2015] An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionize modern-day hearing aid systems. Research by the University of Strathclyde, and the MRC/CSO Institute for Hearing Research (IHR) will test an innovative design using a miniature directional microphone – similar to the ear of an insect. Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids - Read more

Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive

Photo: Laughing girl with a dog and a cat [05/01/2015] Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals' social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive - Read more

Stress Research in Therapy Dogs Reveals Animals’ Needs

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Photo: Therapy dog and a child [14/05/2014] Animals exert positive effects on humans. This fact has been proven scientifically and is used increasingly often for specific therapeutic purposes. Scientists at the Vetmeduni Vienna investigated how therapy dogs feel in a therapy setting and how one can create a largely stress-free situation for the animals.Stress Research in Therapy Dogs Reveals Animals’ Needs - Read more

Dog Ownership Benefits Families of Children with Autism

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Photo: Little girl pets a little dog [16/04/2014] A University of Missouri researcher has studied dog ownership decisions in families of children with autism and found, regardless of whether they owned dogs, the parents reported the benefits of dog ownership included companionship, stress relief and opportunities for their children to learn responsibility.Dog Ownership Benefits Families of Children with Autism - Read more

 
 

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