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Therapy dogs effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD

Study finds therapy dogs effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD

#WhatsHappeningWednesday?! Assistance Animals Consulting is sharing an article from Medical Xpress, which discusses how researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine found therapy dogs to be effective in reducing the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.


This article shares findings from research titled “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Traditional Psychosocial and Canine-Assisted Interventions for Children with ADHD". This research trial involved children aged 7 to 9 who had been diagnosed with ADHD and who had never taken medicines for their condition.


This research study concluded children with ADHD who received canine assisted intervention (CAI) experienced a reduction in inattention and an improvement in social skills. The research also indicated the children assisted by therapy dogs improved attention and social skills and had fewer behavioral problems.


This is a great article with evidence-based results showing how an Animal Assisted Intervention program using therapy dogs was a beneficial psychosocial intervention. Check it out!


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