Animal Assisted Therapy is a type of treatment based on services animals can provide to aid people in both mental and physical struggles. These animals provide comfort, protection, and coping mechanisms for clients, thus creating a bond that can create a calming effect. As a whole, this method is used to complement other treatments and is effective in reducing levels of pain, improving physical habits, developing social skills, and increasing motivation in everyday life.
By developing a bond with the animal, clients begin to develop skills such as:
These animals also provide emotional regulation and support, anxiety diversion and combat loneliness in the client’s life. In short, therapy animals are used to lend clients social support and equip them for daily social interaction in a gradual, safe environment.
Animal Assisted Therapy is particularly effective with a variety of experiences and conditions including:
Learn more about our very own beloved Therapy Dog here at Stepping Stones Therapy!