Rangos School of Health Sciences
Jaime P. Munoz
animal assisted intervention, social participation, children, intellectual and developmental disabilities
Research regarding animal assisted intervention (AAI) has found that it can be an effective intervention towards promoting positive social participation in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). A quality improvement project was implemented at The Barn at Spring Brook Farm, where children ages 2-12 with IDD are able to participate in AAI activities. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the Barn’s Camp Geronimo, a six-week long summer camp program, and its impact on the social participation of participants using the Home & Community Social Behavior Scales (HCSBS). The study findings showed positive results, with statistically significant change identified on Scale A: Social Competence, and minor positive change on Scale B: Antisocial Behavior, of the HCSBS.
Ruggeri, J. (2018). Camp Geronimo: Evaluating the Influence of an Animal Assisted Intervention Based Summer Camp on Social Participation in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1736