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Few things have blossomed as quickly as animal assisted interventions (AAI) have during the past several years. Animal assisted interventions is a broad term which is now widely used to describe the utilisation of various species of animals in diverse manners beneficial to humans. It is always a therapy option for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are different types of AAI such as animal assisted therapy, education and activities. AAI is conducted or delivered by a specialist practitioner together with a trained animal, in conjunction with an education professional, for instance, therapists, teacher, healthcare provider or support worker in order to enhance the improvements of physical, social skills, cognitive functioning and emotional of a person. In short, AAI is actually designed to improve the quality of life and it promotes a range of other than therapeutic or educational benefits. Besides that, AAI may be provided in a variety of setting like in group or individual in nature, or implemented for persons of any age.

The benefits of AAI for people of all ages and in many circumstances are remarkable. Research stated that the presentation of AAI was highly variable across the studies and also the reported outcomes included improvements for multiple areas of functioning known to be impaired in ASD, namely increased social interaction and communication as well as decreased problem behaviors, autistic severity, and stress. Additionally, some literatures suggest that AAI seems to benefit significantly to the old folks, people with depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or cancer. Some studies also found that children with autism interact more socially and smile more around animals. This is due to the presence of animals causes people may be more likely to engage socially. Other than that, animals are often sought for the ability to focus attention. For example, one study reported that autistic children looked longer at the faces of dog compared to the faces of humans. Therefore, the presence of animals may be a way to keep a child attentive to the intervention. Most importantly, animals are perceived as providing non-judgmental companionship. This component of AAI is particularly essential to autistic children that are commonly at a higher risk for stress and bullying by peers, especially during the school age years.


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在过去的几年中,很少有事情像动物辅助干预(AAI)那样迅速发展。动物辅助干预是一个广义的术语,现在广泛用于描述以使用各种动物对人类有益的方式。对于患有孤独症谱系障碍(ASD)的儿童,它是其中一种治疗选择。AAI有不同的类型,如动物辅助治疗,教育和活动。 AAI通常由专业从业者与受过训练的动物一起由教育专业人员(例如治疗师,教师,医疗保健提供者或其他工作者)进行或提供,以加强身体,社交技能,加强认知功能和情感。简而言之,AAI实际上旨在改善生活质量,并促进一系列治疗或教育以外的益处。除此之外,AAI可以在各种环境中提供,如团体或个人性质,或为任何年龄的人实施。