Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in preschool children’s language samples when they were collected in the presence of a therapy dog compared to when they were not in the presence of a therapy dog. Specifically under investigation were the following measures: MLU, NDW, NTW, and mean turn length. The children involved in the study participated in two separate language samples, one in the presence of a therapy dog with a toy set, and the other one not in the presence of a therapy dog with a different toy set. The researcher also assessed the differences across language status between children with typically developing language and children with language impairments. Although this study revealed overall that there is no significant difference in children’s language samples when they are gathered in the presence of a therapy dog, important implications were found.

Keywords: language samples, mean length of utterance (MLU), therapy dog, preschool children

Advisor

Furey, Joan

Department

Communication

Publication Date

2016

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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