Authors

STEFANO PENNACCHIO1, GABRIELE TRIPI2,3, MARGHERITA SALERNO4, DANIELA RUSSO5, SERENA MARIANNA LAVANO6, FRANCESCO CERRONI7, ROSA MAROTTA6, PALMIRA ROMANO8, BEATRICE GALLAI9, PASQUALE GIUGLIANO10, PAOLO MURABITO11, MICHELE SORRENTINO12, ROSARIA MARTINA MAGLIULO13, LUCREZIA D’ORO14, ANNABELLA DI FOLCO4, DAVIDE TESTA4, GABRIELLA MARSALA15, DIEGO GERACI16, MARIO GIUSEPPE CHISARI15, ELISABETTA PICCIOCCHI18,19, FRANCESCO LAVANO8, ROSA MAROTTA8, LUCIA PARISI4, MARIA RUBERTO20

Departments

1Medh Center Srl - 2Department PROSAMI, University of Palermo, Italy - 3Childhood Psychiatric Service for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, CH Chinon, France - 4Department of Psychology, Educational science and Human movement, University of Palermo, Italy - 5Centro di Riabilitazione La Filanda LARS; Sarno, Italy - 6Department of Health Sciences, University “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy - 7Centro Manzoni s.r.l., Napoli, Italy - 8Centro di Riabilitazione LARS, Sarno, Italy - 9Department of Surgical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy - 10UOC Medicina Legale; Azienda Ospedaliera Sant’Anna e San Sebastiano di Caserta - 11Universita degli Studi di Catania, Catania, Italy - 12NICU -Preterm and High Risk Newborn Neurodevelopmental Follow-up Service; Pineta Grande Hospital Castel Volturno (CE), Italy - 13Centro Studi Della Scoliosi S.R.L, Italy - 14Centro Ambulatoriale Santo Stefano, Pesaro, Italy - 15Struttura Complessa di Farmacia, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria, Ospedali Riuniti di Foggia, Foggia, Italy - 16Department of Medical, Surgical and Advanced Technology Sciences G.F. Ingrassia, University of Catania, Catania, I-95123, Italy- 17Istituto nazionale della previdenza sociale (INPS), Catania, Italy - 18Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy - 19Casa di Cura Villa dei Fiori Acerra, Napoli, Italy - 20CDR Santa Maria del Pozzo, Somma Vesuviana, Italy

Abstract

In rehabilitative setting, the presence of animals can be considered as an important stimulus for verbal and social communication, and for mood regulation. Interaction with an animal is beneficial for children's development and numerous psychological tests have revealed that growing up with pets has a beneficial effect on children's self-esteem and self-confidence, can improve empathy, a sense of responsibility and cognitive development, as well as social status within the peer group.

Keywords

animals-assisted therapy, neurodevelopmental disorders, dogs.

DOI:

10.19193/0393-6384_2018_4s_323