18 Jan 2024 - 18:30

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Animal-Assisted Interventions (IAA's) are a growing reality, which in a structured and organized way, are oriented towards promoting objectives and skills, privileging Human-Animal interaction. Animal-Assisted Interventions can be divided into three modalities according to the methodology used and the context, namely: Animal-Assisted Therapy, Animal-Assisted Activities and Animal-Assisted Education. There are several benefits of IAA's as well as the results seen in terms of reducing stress and anxiety, increasing social interaction and self-confidence, reducing stereotypical movements, increasing predisposition and impact on optimizing the learning process. For the efficiency of IAA's, respect for the animal's basic principles and needs is essential.

Bibliographic references:

  • International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations. (2019). The IAHAIO definitions for animal assisted intervention and guidelines for welfare of animals involved in AAI. In A. H. Fine (Ed.), Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy (5th ed., pp. 499-504). Elsevier. https://doi. org/10.1016/B978-0-12-815395-6.15001-1
  • Gomes, CMS, Semedo, AD, Caetano, MET, & Tokumaru, RS (2023). ANIMAL-ASSISTED INTERVENTIONS: REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES1. Brazilian Journal of Special Education, 29, e0155.
  • Koukourikos, K., Georgopoulou, A., Kourkouta, L., & Tsaloglidou, A. (2019). Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy in Mental Health. International Journal of Caring Sciences, 12(3), 3–1898.
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