About pet therapy
Reading with Harris
Charley, Tom & Harris
Jill & Kuda
during a special visit.
"Making A Difference"
Documented research shows that animals helping people has positive
effects on improving a person's health, education and human development.
Provide therapy dogs for visitation as therapeutic tools in medical, educational and social settings throughout the South Florida community.
Children Reading to Dogs
This is just one part where Kelly, Charley, Kuda & Harris help with their wonderful therapy dog work. Kelly, Charley, Kuda & Harris help turn the reading environment into a non-threatening place where children can read for the fun of it and without risk of being embarrassed when he/she mispronounces a word, reads at slow speeds, or does not comprehend exact meanings of sentences. In a 2006 Children Reading to Dogs study group, all 3rd grade elementary students who were involved in this local area eight week Children Reading to Dogs pilot program study, acheived higher fluency and comprehension reading levels. Students begged to be chosen, as the dogs were unbelievable motivators. One student's reading anxiety eased as she paired reading with her non- judgmental therapy dog. Another student overcame her fear of dogs. In another study, therapy dogs Charley & Kelly worked with students with autism spectrum disorder and the results have shown increased verbal output, a decrease in aggressive or self-stimulatory behaviors, positive social interaction, increased listening and attention to task are just a few of the amazing transformations teachers are witnessing. The dogs are also utilized to help reinforce math and writing skills.
Animal Assisted Crisis Response (AACR)
A volunteer group lending time and resources, sharing a dog's special gifts, and striving to bring a brief respite to anyone experiencing the emotional burden brought on by a crisis situation. National AACR is a non-profit organization that consists of a network of specially trained and entirely volunteer dog and handler teams. www.AnimalAssistedCrisisResponse.org
Animal Assisted Activities (AAA)
"AAA provides opportunities for motivational, educational, recreational, and/or therapeutic benefits to enhance quality of life. AAA are delivered in a variety of environments by specially trained professionals, and/or volunteers, in association with animals that meet specific criteria." (from Standards of Practice for Animal-assisted Activities and Therapy)
The Key Features of AAA:
* Specific treatment goals are not planned for each visit.
* Volunteers and treatment providers are not required to take detailed notes or record
results of a visit.
* Visit content is spontaneous and visits may last only a few minutes.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
"AAT 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.
AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning [cognitive functioning refers to thinking and intellectual skills]. AAT is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature. This process is documented and evaluated." (from Standards of Practice for Animal-assisted Activities and Therapy)
The Key Features of AAT:
* There are specified goals and objectives for each individual.
* Progress is measured.
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