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Record number 422670
Title Care farms as a short-break service for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Author(s) Ferwerda-van Zonneveld, R.T.; Oosting, S.J.; Kijlstra, A.
Source NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 59 (2012)1-2. - ISSN 1573-5214 - p. 35 - 40.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2012.01.001
Department(s) LR - Backoffice
Animal Production Systems
WIAS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) special educational treatment - animal-assisted therapy - families
Abstract Farms are enjoying an increasing popularity as a short-break service for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The characteristics required on such care farms are currently unknown. To identify these characteristics, farmers of seven Dutch care farms with livestock were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. These farmers play a key role in care by offering structure, clarity and attention to ASD-children. They use a variety of farm animals with the children, as icebreakers, co-therapists or transitional objects. Our main conclusion is that for children with ASDs, visiting care farms forms an important addition to the current short-break opportunities. At the same time, the farmers expressed needs related to the quality of care, which could be improved by offering them special training. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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