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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?

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

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Could you think animal-assisted therapy will help an asperager's syndrome patient?

Could you think animal-assisted therapy will help an asperager's syndrome patient?

Yes: Animal assisted therapy for autism spectrum www.Support-for-add-and-autism-spectrum.Com/animal... Does animal assisted therapy help children on the autism spectrum? Animal assisted therapy can include dogs, cats. Animalassistedtherapyprograms.Org/blog/animal-assisted... Aatpc is working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families, using animal- assisted therapy both. ...Read more

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Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia?

Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia?

Unknown: As far as i know, there are no well-controlled research studies that have tried to answer this question. I'm not aware of any evidence showing that it either works or doesn't work. ...Read more

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How effective is animal-assisted therapy for treating autism?

How effective is animal-assisted therapy for treating autism?

Kids with Autistic : Spectrum Disorder, like all kids, are individuals with individual strengths & challenges. The applications we physicians fill out for families who request service animals contain many questions regarding the animal's potential for safety in a household. Usually, animals are placed in homes of kids with ASD age 6 & older who have higher cognitive & communication skills ...Read more

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Can animal-assisted therapy help OCD patients?

Can animal-assisted therapy help OCD patients?

Yes: It can be of help in most psychiatric conditions i can think of. Many of my ocd patients receive great comfort from their pets and even often from their spouses:). Best wishes to you and any future therapy dogs you may know. ...Read more

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Is animal assisted therapy helpful for teens with adhd?

Is animal assisted therapy helpful for teens with adhd?

Unknown: I'm not aware of any good data showing animal assisted therapy is either helpful or useless for adhd. There is data, however, to show that time spent in nature reduces the severity of adhd symptoms for the next several days following the time spent in nature. ...Read more

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Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia patients?

Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia patients?

Yes.: One of the hallmarks of schizophrenia is "anhedonia" or an inability to enjoy things. Animal assisted therapy has show promise in ameliorating this symptom. Hurrah for the animals! ...Read more

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Could you think that animal -assist therapy will help an asperger's syndrome patient?

Could you think that animal -assist therapy will help an asperger's syndrome patient?

Yes, it could: Someone with asperger's syndrome might connect with an animal and do well with that as a therapeutic tool. If they like animals, it wi worth a shot. There are programs using horse back riding and dogs that have been beneficial with various emotional disorders. ...Read more

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Is there a way to incorporate therapy animals when doing physical therapy?

Is there a way to incorporate therapy animals when doing physical therapy?

Yes: Here's what one of my friends does: http://www.Leashyourfitness.Com/ here is more medical environment information: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/animal-assisted_therapy. ...Read more

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How can magnetic therapy assist healing of injuries?

How can magnetic therapy assist healing of injuries?

Not shown to help: The magnetic therapy products available to consumers have not been proven to help injuries. Little magnets are sometimes sewn into elastic braces. The elastic braces may help support one's limbs or joints, but magnets do not provide any additional benefits. However, life is very subjective, so if a person believes he is doing more to heal his injuries by using magnets, he may "see" faster healing. ...Read more

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Can a therapy dog(for anxiety) constitute as a service animal under the ada?

Can a therapy dog(for anxiety) constitute as a service animal under the ada?

Therapy Dog vs: Emotional security animal vs working service dog. Ada does not deem an emotional security animal to be a working service dog. A therapy dog is not considered a service animal or an emotional support animal. ...Read more