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Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted Intervention (AAI) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAI is to improve a patient's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.
Danielle Pollitt, one of our registered Animal Assisted Officer's knows how successful the use of animals can be in providing a positive and therapeutic approach to adults and children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties or diagnosed disabilities such as ASD, ADHD and AFS.

"Research has demonstrated clearly how animal's can communicate and relate to people in a way that other's cannot achieve.   For example,  an action has simple has alpaca trekking can regulate the pace and movement of  a participant with a diagnosis of ADHD.  Every day I am in awe at how the animals have that special "magic" with our participants.

When is Animal-assisted intervention recommended?

All participants can benefit from AAI, however a more focused 
intervention is particularly successful with participants who have mental health issues, depression or bereavement issues.  This is particularly successful for children.  Our AAI programme has been specially designed to incorporate the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) code of practise. to ensure the care and safety of both the participant and animal.

Our school AAI programme
Our Animal-assisted officer's are happy to come to school and help facilitate AAI sessions to specific groups of children. 
This is particularly successful for work with children who are experiencing bereavement,  have specific Special Educational Needs or Disabilities or to support work with educational psychologists, therapists or counsellors.

Self Referral's
Do you feel you would benefit from Animal Assisted Intervention?   Maybe you are experiencing depression, anxiety attacks or would like to improve your general mental well-being.    We are happy to accept self referral's so please contact us for more information.

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