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  • Writer's pictureEsther Delisle

What's in a name?

Updated: Feb 20

Creativity and Ingenuity in Animal-Assisted Interventions

As a Ph.D. student in Political science, I read Bernard Berelson's book: Content analysis in Communication Research (New York: The Free Press, 1952.) For me, the most illuminating sentence was: "In the last analysis, there is no substitute for a good idea." Methodology matters, of course, but it cannot save a worthless idea from itself.

I was reminded of that when I watched Lois Brady's video on YouTube. Lois Jean Brady is a speech therapist living in California who works with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ( A good idea in Animal-Assisted interventions requires creativity and ingenuity; in that case, it was Animal-Assisted speech therapy.

Meet Lois Brady and her Animal-Assisted Speech Intervention Partner