Camp for children with disabilities

Children & Youth with Disabilities Lab

Recruitment for this camp is paused until winter

The evaluation of a multi-site novel imitation-based animal assisted intervention for children with developmental disabilities and their family dog


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 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.


This is a study that will take place in the Portland area August 2022, in Seattle July and August 2022, and in Corvallis late July/early August 2022. Your child and family dog will take part in a joint physical activity-based intervention for 10 sessions each lasting approximately 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 one of 3 sites in Seattle WA, Portland OR, and in Corvallis OR on the OSU campus, depending on your location.

note The Portland camp is nearing capacity - there is a chance you will be placed on a waiting list.

You will receive a $25 gift card at 3 time points during the study.


For more information please contact:

Program Coordinator
Saethra Darling, PhD
(541) 737-8117

Megan MacDonald, Ph.D.

Monique Udell, Ph.D.

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