Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy can be used to help children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. It is a recognised and effective part of the therapeutic process as it can help patients by bringing them emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

Animal-assisted therapy can help:

  • With mental health disorders
  • With behavioural difficulties
  • With learning disorders
  • With dementia
  • With PTSD
  • With anxiety
  • Prior to medical procedures
  • During long-term hospital stays
  • With physical re-adaptation
  • … etc.

Zootherapy services can be offered in privates homes, schools, hospitals and other care-taking facilities, depending on the needs of each individual.

And how do the animals help with this exactly?

  • They encourage social interactions and participation
  • They help to develop social abilities
  • They allow patients to learn self-control
  • The encourage feelings of empathy
  • They are non-judgemental
  • They encourage mobility
  • They are a source of stimulation
  • They offer love and affection
  • They are calming and reassuring
  • They make people smile
  • They help facilitate simple tasks such as making choices and taking initiatives
  • … etc.

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