Development and evaluation of a novel imitation-based dog assisted intervention, 'DAID training', to increase joint activity and social wellbeing for children/ adolescents with developmental disabilities.



We are looking for families with a family dog who have a child between the ages of 10-17 years with a developmental disability. Parents/guardians must be comfortable filling out surveys in English.



We are doing a research study that will examine a family dog assisted intervention on physical activity and social wellbeing for children with a developmental disability between 10-17 years old.



We believe that incorporating the family dog in an imitation-based dog assisted intervention will improve physical activity and social wellbeing for children with developmental disabilities.



This is a study that take place in the Winter and/or Spring 2018.  Your child and family dog will take part in a joint physical activity based intervention.   This will be a 5 week after school/afternoon animal assisted physical activity program (about 1 hour per day 2 days per week). There were be 3 additional days that we’ll request your participation in the study over the course of one year.



This study will be conducted at the Willamette Humane Society (Salem, OR) or Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR). Some dog walking (supervised by study staff) will occur on the walking paths around the Willamette Humane Society or Oregon State University. You will receive a $25 gift card at 3 time points during the study.



For more information please contact either:

Megan MacDonald, PhD

Monique Udell, PhD

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