Nordisk konferens för hundassisterad verksamhet ordnades i Finland 2014

(Esbo 7.- 8.6.2014)

Koirat kasvatus- ja kuntoutustyössä ry – Hundar inom fostran och rehabilitering rf ordnade den 7.- 8.6.2014 en Nordisk konferens om hund- assisterad verksamhet på i Esbo.


Lördag 7.6.2014

9.30 Anmälning och kaffe

10.00 Välkomstord och presentation av föreläsarna

11.00 PhD Katriina Tiira: Perfect personality for AAT dog – the roles of genes and environment

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Workshop- inledningarna (gemensamt för alla)

A) Hundassisterat arbete med barn

Speciallärare Päivi Latvala-Sillman: Dog-assisted pedagogy in autism spectrum classroom

Barnträdgårdslärare, pedagogie kandidat Nina Borgström och hundförare Nona Borgström: Dog-assisted mathematics


B) Hund- assisterad rehabilitering inom vuxenneurologi och geriatri

Fysioterapeut Paula Leppänen: Dog-assisted physiotherapy in neurological rehabilitation

Fysioterapeut Maria Maljanen: Dog-assisted physiotherapy in ealderly care

C) Hundassisterad rehabilitering inom psykiatrin

Ergoterapeut, Hälsovetenskaps Magister Heidi Kihlström-Lehtonen och ergoterapeut Maria Heikkinen: Dog-assisted occupational therapy in psychiatric rehabilitation

15.00 Kaffe

15.30 Workshoparbete i alternativt A-, B- eller C -gruppen

17.00 Dagen avslutas

19.00 Gemensam middagstillställning på Hotell Kungsvägen

Söndag 8.6.2014

9.00 Dagen inleds

9.15 MSc CCAB David Appleby: The dog’s suitability for animal assisted therapy. What to think about?

11.00 Lunch

12.00 Mda Eija Bergroth: Respiratory track illnesses during the first year of life: effect of dog and cat contacts

13.00 Kaffe

13.15 De övriga nordiska länderna har ordet

16.00 Tillställningen avslutas


Katriina Tiira PhD,Canine Genomics Research Group, Research Program’s Unit, Molecular Neurology, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, University of Helsinki& Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics

Tiira received her PhD. in Evolutionary Ecology from the University of Helsinki in 2001. Currently she is a senior post doc in Canine Genetic Research group (Univ. of Helsinki), led by prof Hannes Lohi, where her major research interest is in the genetic and environmental factors influencing canine anxiety. Tiira is also actively involved in the Assistant Dog and Therapy Dog Programs in Finland. Her family includes three daughters, husband, and three dogs.

David Appleby MSc CCAB

David is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). He has the previous dog training experience with the Royal Air Force and as a Guide Dog for the Blind Mobility Instructor and was head instructor for the equine club at RAF Akrotiri, where he was responsible for the training of horses and their riders.

Until 2009 David was based at the Pet Behaviour Centre in Worcestershire, UK, he held referral clinics throughout the midlands and for over twenty was the visiting behaviour counsellor to Queens Veterinary School, Cambridge University. Now living in Finland David runs a behavioural referral practice from AB Klinikka in Somero with his wife, Tuulia. Together they established and run the behaviour clinic at Helsinki University Veterinary School where they also lecture to the veterinary students and help supervise research projects.

David is active within the profession generally. He is a contributor to a number of journals and a frequent lecturer in a number of European countries, including the postgraduate diploma/MSc course for pet behaviour counselling at Southampton University, UK. A founder member and previous chairman for the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), David also served on the committee of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s affiliated Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group and the accreditation committee for the Certification of Clinical Animal Behaviourists (CCAB).

Eija Bergroth

I graduated from medical school in Kuopio University in 2004 and specialized in pediatrics in 2010. Currently, I am working at the Central Hospital of Central Finland in Jyväskylä. My thesis work concerns viral infections and breathing difficulties with small children, with special interest in risk factors and etiology behind these infections. In my first article, we studied the effect of dog and cat contacts on the frequency of respiratory infections and infectious symptoms during the first year of life.


  1. Dog assisted intervention in education

My name is Päivi Latvala-Sillman. I work as a special educational needs teacher in Helsinki. I teach pupils with autism spectrum. In my classroom I have working with me my trained 5 year-old dog. My elderly dog has retired from this work and I now have a puppy growing up, to be trained in this work.

My name is Nona Borgström. I have been working for 10 years as a vocational teacher with animals and students. I have also been working with assistance dog projects. For several years I have been working with dog assisted interventions in classrooms and goal directed animal assisted interventions for children.

Bachelor degree in Agriculture, Veterinary Technician, Vocational teacher, Student in Bachelor of Social Services (2012-)

My name is Nina Borgström, B.Sc. Pedagogy. In 1999 I started working as a kindergarten teacher, and ten years later academic studies at Åbo Akademi University. In my bachelor work, I have focused on how the dog assisted pedagogy method can promote children’s learning from a pedagogical and didactic perspective. The purpose of my master´s thesis is to see how the animals affect human behaviour in a learning environment. Studying individuals from an interpersonal perspective gives a view of how animal-assisted methods can promote children’s development and learning. After all this years, I have gained an extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of child development and learning.

  1. Dog assisted intervention in adult neurology and geriatrics

Paula Leppänen, senior physiotherapist at Käpylä Rehabilitation centre in Helsinki. I am working mainly with patients who have spinal cord or brain injury. I have applied dog assisted physiotherapy to my daily work since 2002.  Dog assisted physiotherapy has been most useful with brain injury or incomplete spinal cord injury patients. Nowadays therapy sessions are executed with a multiprofessional team, including speech therapist, occupational therapist and psychologist. The written and verbal feedback from patients has been very positive.

My name is Maria Maljanen and I am a physiotherapist specialized in psychophysical physiotherapy. I have experience working with elderly clients, individuals with disabilities and terminally ill patients. At the moment, I am working in hospice care and in a private physiotherapy company called Bodymind. I have a trained Australian Shepherd, who I utilize in my work with the elderly.

  1. Dog assisted intervention in psychiatric rehabilitation

My name is Heidi Kihlström-Lehtonen. I am an occupational therapist and I have also studied Health Sciences in Jyväskylä University. I am currently working as a lecturer at Jamk University of Applied sciences. I teach Occupational therapy (OT) students. Our 3 years old middle size poodle called Lysti has been working with me in my previous work at psychiatric hospital for adults.

I am Maria Heikkinen. I am an experienced Occupational Therapist in providing services to Psychiatric patients. Because of my interest in dogs and their relationship to humans, I give a dog assisted therapy. I have been working for 3 years with dogs in mental health OT.