Doing, Being and Becoming

The Sociality of Children with Autism in Activities with Therapy Dogs and Other People

in The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
Author: Olga Solomon1
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  • 1 University of Southern California
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This article examines theories of sociality against ethnographically informed understandings of the sociality of children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) interacting with therapy dogs and other people. I explore from an occupational science and occupational therapy perspective how theories of human sociality inform our understanding of the ways in which a child's social engagement is supported during child-dog interactions; and how analysis of the data might problematize some theoretical assumptions about sociality, specifically, the primacy of language and theory of mind, and the 'humans only' position.


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