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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Early Childhood Special Education Studies: M.S.


Child and Family Studies


School of Education

First Advisor

JoAnn Johnson

Second Advisor

Ming-Chi Own

Third Advisor

Martin Lo

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Early Childhood, Young Children, Trauma, Animal-Assisted Intervention


The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of trauma on the development of young children. This study will define trauma and its symptoms, determine the effect of trauma on the brain and critical development, and identify strategies and interventions.

The purpose of this study is to identify the effects of Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI) on young children with trauma. This study will define AAI and determine if animals are an appropriate therapy for young children.