The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on the Recovery of Individuals with Unilateral Spatial Neglect
Cerebrovascular disease--Patients--United States; Cerebrovascular disease--Treatment; Animals--Therapeutic use
The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of limb-activating strategy using either a rote activity or a meaningful activity (animal-assisted therapy) in the treatment of an individual with unilateral spatial neglect. An ABCA single-subject design was used. The participant was a 61 year old male who was eight years post-stroke. A test battery (Baking Tray Task, Star Cancellation Test and Line Bisection Test) was used to assess the participant’s level of neglect during baseline and intervention phases. Results indicated that the participant’s Baking Tray Task score showed improvements from baseline during both the meaningful and rote activity phases. The Line Bisection score showed improvements from baseline during both intervention phases, but the meaningful activity phase showed a greater improvement. The Star Cancellation Test showed minimal changes between baseline and both intervention phases. These findings suggest that the limb-activating strategy, used in combination with either a rote activity or meaningful activity, shows some improvement in the recovery of unilateral spatial neglect. However, further research is needed to get a better understanding of the impact of using limb activation strategy with meaningful activities on the recovery of individuals with unilateral spatial neglect.
Date of Completion
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
Date of Award
University of Puget Sound