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Dr. Judith Kaur
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Animal Assisted Therapy (Overview)

Animal-assisted therapy programs use animals as a form of treatment to improve patients' social and emotional functioning. Dogs, cats, and horses are animals commonly used for therapy.


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Whats animal assisted therapy.?

Whats animal assisted therapy.?

Animal assisted: Therapy can refer to any setting in which an animal is used to assist in the care of a patient. So, it could be a therapist who has a dog in the office with a patient, a nursing home that invites in animal assisted therapist to bring people out of their shells or any number of different settings. ...Read more

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Dr. Judith Kaur
18 doctors shared insights

Animal Assisted Therapy (Overview)

Animal-assisted therapy programs use animals as a form of treatment to improve patients' social and emotional functioning. Dogs, cats, and horses are animals commonly used for therapy.


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What is animal assisted therapy.?

What is animal assisted therapy.?

Kids gain from ...: ...The care, training &enjoyment of animals. E.G., equine therapy, training seeing-eye dogs, raising a calf/lamb, etc. & of course, w/ the right animal & the right mentor, interactions w/ animals can be healthy for a child, without a formal "therapy" program. It can foster improved social development, mutual trust, self-confidence, self-discipline, patience, responsibility, and joy. ...Read more

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Is animal assisted therapy helpful?

Is animal assisted therapy helpful?

Depends what for: Therapy or assistance animals are used in many ways, from service dogs (and other species!) for the blind and physically disabled, to pet therapy for anxiety and mental health disorders, to equine (horse) therapy for physically and developmentally disabled children. As with anything, there are potential pros & cons in each unique situation, so discuss in detail with professional care team. ...Read more

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What is animal assisted therapy usually used for?

What is animal assisted therapy usually used for?

Social development &: ...Building mutual trust, self-confidence, self-discipline.Both locally &in residential programs, there are many opportunities for therapy involving the care, training &enjoyment of animals. E.G., equine therapy, training seeing-eye dogs, raising a calf/lamb, etc. & of course, w/ the right animal & the right mentor, interactions w/ animals can be healthy for a child, without a formal "therapy" program. ...Read more

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Where do you find a place to get animal assisted therapy?

Animal assisted: Therapy is more often done by the animal and therapist going to a place, such as a nursing home or clinic. You might try calling nursing homes in your area and asking them to put you in touch with their animal assisted therapist. ...Read more

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Does anyone know anywhere that provides animal assisted therapy?

Does anyone know anywhere that provides animal assisted therapy?

Needs to be asked: There are some pet organizations that allows to bring animals for therapy. But they need to get the permission from the assisted living facility to allow them for therapy. Most facilities allows cats to live with loved ones. ...Read more

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Does anyone know any group that provides animal assisted therapy?

Pet Partners is one.: You might also check with your local veterinarian. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anywhere that provides animal assisted therapy in/near essex or reading?

Can you tell me anywhere that provides animal assisted therapy in/near essex or reading?

Animal assisted rx: I don't specifically know of animal therapists in those areas -- what state are you in? There are some national organizations you could check with though. One is pet partners: http://www.Petpartners.Org/aaa-tinformation you can also check with your local humane society, and they may direct you to local resources. ...Read more

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Is there animal assisted therapy for adhd?

Is there animal assisted therapy for adhd?

Not formally...: ...But being responsible for a dog or a horse is good training in planning ahead for a child with adhd. They also teach a lot about empathy and social interaction - skills in which these children may be deficient. ...Read more

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Is there animal assisted therapy for teens with add?

Is there animal assisted therapy for teens with add?

Yes.: Both locally and in residential programs, there are a number of opportunities for therapy involving the care, training and enjoyment of animals. For example, equine therapy, training seeing-eye dogs, raising a calf or lamb, etc. And of course, with the right animal and the right mentor, interactions with animals can be healthy for a child, without a formal "therapy" program. ...Read more