This research project examined seven special education paraprofessionals’ perceptions of dog therapy. The focus of this study was centered around a program offered in a special education department at a middle school. The qualitative design was focused on the paraprofessionals' perceptions of dog therapy and the qualitative questions were developed based on research described in the literature review. The questions focused on the perceptions of social, emotional, physical and sensory features of dog therapy. Seven paraprofessionals were interviewed using a semi-structured interview style. Several commonalities surfaced throughout the interviews and included student-calming and reductions in behaviors, and the thesis describes the potential future of implementing dog therapy in middle schools. The data in this school indicated positive results.
|Commitee:||Borisinkoff, Evan, Kana, Erik|
|School:||Minot State University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Dakota|
|Source:||MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Animals, Dog therapy, Middle school, Paraprofessionals, Qualitative, Related services|
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