Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Animal therapyAnimal-assisted therapy is a type of therapy that involves an animal with very specific therapy skills and qualities that form a major part of a person’s treatment. Animal-assisted therapy is aimed at improving the physical, social and emotional needs of people with disabilities and special needs and often works on a level that cannot be obtained by professional consultants and medical teams.

Many kinds of animals are used in therapy, including dogs, cats and even elephants, horses, birds, dolphins, rabbits as well as monkeys and other small animals. Animal assisted therapy with horses is known specifically as equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP). Find sites listed here offering animal assisted therapy details along with contacts and specific information about the individual animal assisted therapy provided.

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A farm-based day care centre in Hereford that encourages people with special needs to interact with animals and horses as a therapy.

Undertakes pet therapy and animal assisted therapy using exotic animals including snakes, tortoises, rabbits and chinchillias. Worcestershire based.

Oxfordshire psychotherapy, counselling and coaching with horses and a professional therapist. Assist with improving communication and much needed social skills, assertiveness, creative thinking and relationship building for all abilities.

Provides animal assisted therapy by using a range of animals and pets including rabbits, dogs and small animals to help with emotional and social behaviour. Based in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester.

A national charity that was founded back in 1983 that provides therapeutic visits to special needs schools, hospitals and hospices with the team of volunteers and their pet dogs and cats. The site provides details of their fundraising activities and how to get involved.

Providing an overview of animal assisted therapy with details of how it works and information about the broad spectrum of animals used to assist the number of disabled people including physical, emotional and social issues.

Details of AAT and its benefits to disabled and non disabled people along with an explanation of pet and animal assisted therapy and how it works and a range of online resources. Includes information for anybody considering using their pet to visit hospitals and healthcare facilities.

A layman’s guide to animal assisted therapy for the disabled with details of the sort of animals used and how the therapy works for a wide range of conditions.