Cat-training Research Program for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Cat-training Summer Camp for Kids with Developmental Disabilities

Oregon State University is thrilled to introduce a unique and exciting research program!

Camps begin in June, July and August!

If you’re a family with a child aged 10-12 years who has a developmental disability and you have a pet cat, we invite you to consider participating in our innovative Cat Training Research Program.

We are currently enrolling families!

Participants will engage in six training sessions, each lasting approximately 45 minutes, with additional engagement requested on three separate occasions over the course of 12-16 months. To show our appreciation for your participation, participants will receive a $25 gift card at three different points throughout the study.

Flexible scheduling is available!

The primary purpose of this research study is to investigate the potential benefits of a cat-assisted intervention on the physical activity and social wellbeing of children with developmental disabilities.

Participation in this program might also offer an engaging experience for your family cat, potentially fostering a deeper bond between your child and their kitty.

Thank you for considering this unique opportunity to contribute to valuable research and potentially enhance the bond between your child and your family cat. If this sounds like something your family might be interested in, we would love to hear from you. For more information, or to sign up for the program, please contact:

Dr. Saethra Darling at

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