Degree Granting Department
Applied Behavior Analysis
Trevor Stokes, Ph.D.
Developmental disorders, Animals, Communication, Therapy, Classroom
The effects of the presence of a dog on the social interactions between children with developmental disabilities and their teacher were analyzed in this study. We examined whether the presentation of a dog would improve the social interactions of three children with developmental disabilities. A baseline condition consisting of the child and teacher in the presence of three toys, one of which was a toy dog was followed by an intervention in which a real dog was added to the sessions. A multiple baseline design across participants was employed to assess experimental changes in interactions during the intervention condition. All participants demonstrated an increase in overall positive initiated behaviors (verbal and non-verbal), positive initiated interactions toward the teacher (verbal and non-verbal) and positive initiated interactions toward the dog (verbal and non-verbal).
Scholar Commons Citation
Walters, Stephanie, "The effects of the presence of a dog on the social interactions of children with developmental disabilities" (2005). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.