Aubrey Fine

Aubrey Fine
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona | Cal Poly Pomona · College of Education and Integrative Studies

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During two retreats in 2017 and 2020, a group of international scientists convened to explore the Human-Animal Bond. The meetings, hosted by the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute, took a broad view of the human-dog relationship and how interactions between the two may benefit us medically, psychologically or through their service as wo...
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Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) are now being considered an alternative and complimentary treatment modality, supporting the physical, psychosocial, and educational needs of children and adults. AAI is the accepted umbrella term that encompasses various practices including animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted education, and animal-assisted...
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Retirement represents one of the greatest life milestones one can experience. It was conjured by humans to allow those who worked an opportunity to receive a well-deserved break and to enjoy life without employment obligations. There are certainly similarities and differences when comparing the process of retirement between people and therapy anima...
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A concentrated and intentional effort to develop more acceptable mechanisms and procedures that assess and support the well-being of therapy animals is needed in the field of AAI. Attention is initially given to discussing the field’s moral and ethical obligations to ensure the welfare of therapy animals. The authors then highlight numerous takeawa...
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Animal-Assisted Interventions have evolved in the past 50 years from a misunderstood field to a more respected form of complementary therapyComplementary therapy. Although the field still lacks in strong empirical evidence, science is catching up with what many have thought intuitively: our interactions with animals are good for our well-being. Thi...
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The field of human-animal interactions (HAI) and, more specifically, animal-assisted interventions (AAI) and equine assisted interactions (EAI) have significantly evolved over the past half century. The primary purpose of this paper is to provide a brief commentary of both fields and the challenges they are presently experiencing as they move forwa...
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The year 2020 has been a dreadful one: a living nightmare that has changed and impacted the lives of many [...]
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When I was asked by the Journal to guest edit a special issue on the psychosocial impact of human-animal interactions, I was honored to accept the invitation [...]
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With the growth of animal-assisted interventions, the number of animals designated to work as therapy animals continues to increase. These animals participate in this work in varying capacities during life, but there will be a point in time when the animal can no longer engage in these activities. The concept of retirement, or withdrawing the anima...
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Assistance animals play significant roles in human therapy and well-being and represent a rapidly growing demographic of animals in society. Most research in the field of assistance animals has been focused on the effect of these animals on people. Only recently has there been a growing interest in the welfare and well-being of these animals and th...
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This study evaluated the impact that participation in sessions with children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has on therapy dogs. Nine certified therapy dogs were paired for 6 sessions with groups of 3–4 children. Sessions consisted of 5 different activities. Activities 1 and 5 involved interactions solely with each dog and the...
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Current advances in technologies and treatments provide pet owners and veterinarians with more options for prolonging the life of beloved pets, but can simultaneously lead to ethical dilemmas relating to what is best for both animal and owner. Key tools for improving end-of-life outcomes include (1) sufficient training to understand the valid ethic...
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Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) are now being considered an alternative and complimentary form of therapy, supporting the physical and psychosocial needs of children and adults. AAI is the accepted umbrella term that encompasses various other practices including animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted education, and animal-assisted activities....
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Having the opportunity to re-read Pet-Oriented Child Psychotherapy was like visiting an old friend and reminiscing about times gone by all too fast. The re-read allowed me an opportunity to conceptualize how many of Levinson’s early tenets continue to be relevant today. As a trailblazer, Levinson made a discovery that drastically changed the way we...
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As veterinarians, we support not only our patients but also the millions of humans who share their lives with animals. Veterinarians and their colleagues are accustomed to being reminded that the veterinary profession is built on human connections with animals, and we recognize that the human-animal bond is important in all settings. In terms of ac...
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This chapter demonstrates how the use of therapy and assistance animals significantly enhances human health and well-being. It addresses whether this end morally justifies the means of achieving it. The goal is to re-examine the animal/human partnership from the animal's viewpoint to see what the benefits might be for the animal, or to see if the r...
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Research is needed to identify the underlying mechanisms of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) that produce therapeutic changes. The findings from the studies would be valuable to understand how the interventions work, so that the best practice procedures can be implemented. There is a limited awareness of how AAI is applied and there is a need to demys...
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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) lie on a spectrum that ranges from mild to very severe. Persons with ASD are broadly recognized as having impairments in social functioning and communication, as well as displaying repetitive or stereotyped behaviors. The most functional variation of ASD is Asperger's syndrome. This chapter reveals that one of the re...
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Animal welfare laws in many countries require that animals be housed and treated in such a way that all of their species-specific needs can be satisfied and that they are not subjected to stress or pain. Advances in knowledge about the human/animal relationship and its therapeutic value can also be secured by combining the methods and results of ot...
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All therapeutic interventions involving animals rest on a powerful assumption: there is something about animals that powerfully attracts and motivates humans. This assumption seems particularly compelling when children are involved. This chapter examines the assumption closely and documents the pervasiveness of animals, both real and symbolic, in c...
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The evolution of the relationship between humans and companion animals has had a marked effect on the practice of veterinary medicine during the past few decades. With the strengthening of the bond between humans and their pets, veterinary clients demand technologically advanced health care for their pets, and they show an increasing willingness to...
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This chapter discusses the multitude of therapeutic options on how animals can be incorporated effectively. It provides an overview of the applications of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) in various disciplines and highlights numerous ways in which AAI can be integrated and applied. It builds on this information and provides useful techniques an...
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This chapter discusses the reasons that dog owners' needs to understand how their dogs think and provides insights of dog behavior as it relates to animal-assisted therapy. There are some general principles that are relevant in the field of animal-assisted therapy and intervention. It is important to keep in mind that dogs primarily communicate wit...
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This introductory chapter provides readers not only with a basic foundation to appreciate and understand this unique kinship with all living creatures but also to discover the roots to the overwhelming growing interest in animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The chapter should also help solidify and clarify how the benefits witnessed within this uni...
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Emerging human/animal interaction therapies and applications call for re-definition in the field of assistance animals and a re-examination of previous conceptualization of use, terminology, training guidelines and formal designations. This chapter explores the participation of specialized assistance, service and support animals in their applicatio...
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This chapter discusses how palliative care is being extended to relieve the disease symptoms, side effects, and associated burdens that can beset a patient at many points along the course of an illness. The addition of integrative modalities is helpful in enabling palliative care to be very successfully applied well beyond its historical roots in e...
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People who suffer from chronic or terminal illness-and particularly those who also live at the poverty level-find their physical condition influences their quality of life and have a tremendous impact on their ability to accomplish everyday activities. Human/animal support services (HASS) evolved during the AIDS pandemic to help keep people with di...
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This chapter provides with a basic foundation to appreciate and understand this unique kinship with all living creatures but also to discover the roots to the overwhelming growing interest in animal-assisted intervention (AAI) and also helps solidify and clarify how the benefits witnessed within this unique bond have prompted numerous professionals...
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In the 10 years since the first edition of Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy published, the field has changed considerably. The third edition of the Handbook highlights advances in the field, with 10 new chapters and over 50% new material. In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal assisted therapy into th...
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For most of human history, animals have occupied a central position in theories concerning the ontology and treatment of sickness and disease. Offended animal spirits were often believed to be the source of illness, injury, or misfortune, but, at the same time, the assistance of animal guardian spirits-either one's own or those belonging to a medic...
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Throughout history, people have used animals-whether for food, fiber, sport, adornment, labor, or companionship-as a means of satisfying human interests. But animals also have interests-in avoiding pain, fear, distress, or physical harm, and in pursuing their own needs, desires, and goals through the performance of species-typical patterns of behav...
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This chapter reviews the prevalence of AIDS, and other chronic illnesses and key issues facing people with these diseases. It then explains how animals can enhance the quality of life for people with chronic and terminal illnesses, drawing on an ecosystem model of how animals contribute to a quality home life for patients who are still able to live...
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The original edition was the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the ways in which animals can assist therapists with treatment of specific populations, and/or in specific settings. The second edition continues in this vein, with 7 new chapters plus substantial revisions of continuing chapters as the research in this field has grown....
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This chapter reviews the current definitions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disorders (LD) and considers the current state-of-the art methods for their assessment. It also presents various innovative, nontraditional assessments for ADHD and LD directed by new hypotheses, theories, and discoveries that may shape the...
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This chapter reviews four areas related to the implementation of school–home collaborative treatment plans for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD). These areas are general guidelines in the development of a school and/or home behavior management program, implementing a school–home behavioral...
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This chapter identifies various challenges that parents experience while rearing their sons and daughters with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD). It presents some suggestions that clinicians should incorporate while working with these parents. The family with a child with a mild handicap has more difficu...
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The most prevalent disorders of childhood are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD). This chapter outlines the complexities involved in making a differential diagnosis using the criteria established by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual; issues in meeting the educational criteria for categorical placement...
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Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD) have considerable problems with peer interactions. The social problems may be considered the hallmark of ADHD, with serious interpersonal difficulties and peer rejection being its two unfortunate outcomes. Some of the children with ADHD and LD do not recogn...
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Increasing knowledge and research of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms with or without the presence of specific alleles, neuropsychological test scores, neuroimaging profiles, or family histories can surely lead to different ADHD manifestations that have at their root quite different etiologic processes. Although there are cu...

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