Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Janet Bradshaw


Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a therapeutic approach that uses therapy dogs to improve the clinical goals of individuals who need rehabilitative support. While AAT research within the health professions is developing, there is support showing that this type of milieu therapy has potential benefits when working with children with literacy concerns. Within the field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD), AAT can be used by speech-language pathologists to establish goal-directed therapy sessions to improve children’s literacy skills. This paper will highlight current literature that explores the use of AAT within literacy interventions, the use of evidence-based measures, and the feasibility of using therapy dogs within clinical sessions.