Camp for children with disabilities

Children & Youth with Disabilities Lab

Development and evaluation of a novel imitation-based dog assisted intervention, 'DAID training', to increase joint activity and social wellbeing for children/ adolescents with and without developmental disabilities.


We are looking for families with a family dog who have a child between the ages of 8- 17 years with or without 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 between 8- 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.


This is a study that take place in the Winter and Spring 2021. Your child and family dog will take part in a joint physical activity-based intervention for 10 sessions each lasting 1 hour. There will 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 Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR). Some dog walking (supervised by study staff) will occur on the walking paths around 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, Ph.D.

Monique Udell, Ph.D.

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