Imitation-based Dog Assisted Intervention, for Children With Developmental Disabilities.
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03462407|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 12, 2018
Last Update Posted : June 6, 2019
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Physical Activity Social Responsibility||Behavioral: DAID Behavioral: Dog walking||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||45 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||Participants will be randomized prospectively into one of three possible groups following initial assessments and screening (e.g., eligibility), 1) 15 participants in an experimental (DAID intervention), 2) 15 control participants (dog walking), 3) 15 waitlisted control participants (true control, waitlisted for DAID one-year after post-assessment 1 of the project).|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Development and Evaluation of a Novel Imitation-based Dog Assisted Intervention, 'DIAD Training', to Increase Joint Activity and Social Wellbeing for Adolescents With Developmental Disabilities.|
|Actual Study Start Date :||May 1, 2017|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||April 30, 2020|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||April 30, 2020|
Trained assistants will help participants train their dog to engage in imitation based dog training, using positive reinforcement training (operant conditioning) focused on physical activities.
The DAID intervention group will engage in imitation based dog training, using positive reinforcement training (operant conditioning) to teach their dog to copy the physical actions they demonstrate on the command "Do it".
Active Comparator: Dog walking
Trained assistants will help children train their dog to walk on a loose leash (eliminate pulling behavior) during this period using positive training techniques. The focus of this group will be on appropriate walking behavior to facilitate enjoyable independent dog-walking at home.
Behavioral: Dog walking
Children will participate in dog walking. Trained assistants will teach the children to teach their dog basic commands. Dog walking will occur during the intervention phase and children will be encourage to walk their dogs at home.
No Intervention: Control
This group will all own family dogs but will not participate in either intervention during year 1. All participants assigned to the waitlist will be offered the DAID intervention the subsequent summer.
- Physical activity Change [ Time Frame: Baseline; Immediately post intervention (after 2- 5 weeks); one-year post intervention; a fourth immediate post-intervention for waitlisted participants who participate in the intervention (~1 year and 1 month) ]Physical activity change will be measured through accelerometry
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03462407
|Contact: Megan MacDonald, PhDfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Monique Udell, PhDemail@example.com|
|Principal Investigator:||Megan MacDonald||Oregon State University|