on influence of pets on children
The influence of pets on children will be the focus of an international one day conference on Tuesday 14th October, hosted by the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS).
SCAS Director, Jo-Ann Dono, explains: "This conference will address a range of important issues such as the health benefits of pet ownership for children, how to promote positive children-animal interactions and how children and pets can be 'good citizens'."
Research to be explored by Dr June McNicholas, Health Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, demonstrates that interaction with pets can positively influence a child's physical and mental wellbeing. Other topics to be covered at the conference include:
Children, Pets and Health: Review of the latest research on successful management of asthma
Children, Pets and Education: Discussion of important role pets play at schools and other institutions
Appropriate Pet Selection: Getting it right from the start
Dogs as Good Citizens: Report on new pilot programme in Blue Cross
Children's Emotional Health and Animals as Therapy: Review of "Detraumatisation" project in post-war Bosnia Hercegovina
Children, Pets and Well-being: Introduction to programme in Belgian Schools promoting positive interactions between children and dogs
NEW BOOKLET - an indispensable guide for parents, teachers, therapists
SCAS will also be launching a NEW booklet at the conference entitled Pets and Children - a guide for parents, teachers and therapists, an informative guide to developing positive interactions between pets and children.
If you are interested in attending the conference or would like to receive more information on the presentation material please contact:
Fritha Minter, Sara Knudsen, Hannah Jolly at the SCAS Press Office: 0207 255 1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org