This is the topic exploration paper I wrote for ECS 100 about Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) in a classroom. I enjoyed to opportunity to learning about the benefits of AAA as well as discover ways to incorporate animals in a typical school classroom.
This paper explores the use of Animal Assisted Activities in classrooms. The goal of this paper was to discover how educators use animals in their classroom and to determine whether animals have an influence on education. Three articles were considered in the exploration of this topic. The first article was used to reveal appropriate methods of incorporating animals in classrooms. The other articles outlined a study that determined the effects of animal assisted activities on both typically-developing children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was determined that there are various methods of including animals in a classroom and animals have a positive influence on the social functioning of children.