What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) uses trained animals to enhance an individual’s physical, emotional, and social well-being, thus improving self- esteem, reducing anxiety, and facilitating healing.

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Children and adolescents are generally attracted to the calming effect of animals and can often better express themselves. Animals used in the therapy environment help reduce anxiety and increase participation and motivation during the therapeutic process.

 

Meet the lovely “Hobbes”

0C50773A-EC17-47F9-A15C-5D336960287B[1]Suzie Jordan and her therapy dog, Hobbes, have completed  certification  through Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado and are also in the process of being certified through Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society).  Suzie is a licensed professional counselor and uses AAT to help treat the following:
  • -Depression/Anxiety in children
  • -Self-esteem issues
  • -Social Skills
  • -Peer Relationship issues
  • -Life transitions
  • -Parenting/Co-parenting challenges

 

Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society) Defines AAT as the following:

  • Animal Assisted Therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process.
  • AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession.

 

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