ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: Dr. Alexandra (“Sasha”) Protopopova: Using Therapy Dogs in ABA Individual and Group Educational Sessions with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Title:  ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: Dr. Alexandra (“Sasha”) Protopopova: Using Therapy Dogs in ABA Individual and Group Educational Sessions with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Presented By: Alexandra "Sasha" Protopopova, PhD

LIVE Webinar Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: 

You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the video. Video closes 10 days after the LIVE webinar.

Closes 10/10/20  at 11:59pm eastern 

 

Abstract

With increasing parental demand and interest in adding therapy dogs to special education classrooms, practitioners need to have a better understanding of how and when a therapy dog may be useful for their clients. The webinar will introduce new research on using dogs in ABA education and therapy contexts, with specific emphasis on children with ASD. We will cover several studies which aimed to better understand when and how to use therapy dogs with children with ASD, as well as identified the concerns and risks of doing so. Preliminary data will also be presented on a currently-run clinical trial of the integration of a therapy dog to ABA social skills group classes. Finally, we will discuss the ethical concerns of using animals and highlight several studies that showed that the welfare of therapy dogs may be compromised in specific situations. At the completion of the webinar, the audience will have a good understanding of what to consider when utilizing a therapy dog in their practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Discriminate between different kinds of animals used to benefit human populations.
  • Select evidence-based approaches for the use of therapy dogs given the target behavior of the client.
  • Identify risks and concerns for both children and dogs when using therapy dogs in ABA sessions.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

 Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, MS, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. Sasha’s research aims are to improve animal shelter practices, improve companion animal welfare in shelters, pet homes, and in assistance roles. Sasha earned an MS and a PhD in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent presenter in scientific and professional conferences. Sasha spends her days conducting behavioral research, teaching university classes in Animal Learning, going on hiking trails, and cuddling dogs.

Dr. Protopopova does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM). 

 

Schedule

11:00 am: Introduction
11:05 am: Webinar begins
12:30 pm: 10 minute break
12:40 pm: First Q&A session
12:50 pm: Webinar resumes
1:45 pm: Second Q&A session
2:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts - 3 CEUs* (Learning)

Psychologists - NA

Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes

  • CEs not available for other professions

*CE for viewing Live or Recording

** CE for Live Only

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