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Occupational therapists\u27 interests and attitudes toward animal assisted therapy as a treatment modality

By Lori Susan Buckley

Abstract

One hundred seventy-nine occupational therapists (OTs) responded to a survey regarding their interests and attitudes toward animal assisted therapy as a treatment modality. It was found that most of the practitioners would be interested in learning more about animal assisted therapy and most felt it is a valid treatment modality to be used by occupational therapists. Furthermore, the most common answer to the question \u22why would you not be interested in participating in an AAT program,\u22 was \u22I feel I don\u27t know enough about it\u22. It was also found that therapists\u27 most commonly selected patient goals for AAT were in the realm of mental health, whereas the least mentioned goals were more physically based goals. Further, a recommendation was made to educate OTs regarding the uses and benefits of AAT through more research, continuing education programs on AAT, publications in professional journals, and media awareness

Topics: Occupational Therapy, Special Education and Teaching
Publisher: FIU Digital Commons
Year: 1999
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.fiu.edu:etd-3096

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