Rehabilitation Services

Animal Assisted Therapy

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The benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy include empowering children with a sense of control, normalizing the hospital and therapy environment by offering a companion animal, and acting as a calming presence.

The use of specially trained dogs during therapy sessions help children to be more motivated to meet their Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapy goals. All dogs used in the Animal Assisted Therapy program are certified as Delta Society Pet Partners. Dogs and the handlers are supervised by a therapist during the therapy session at all times.

The dogs used in the Animal Assisted Therapy program must meet specific requirements (through) and are under the supervision of handlers and therapists during a therapy session at all times.

All dog handlers complete the Children's Volunteer application and orientation process. Dogs are used at the therapist’s discretion and is based upon factors such as interest and the child's temperament and therapy goals.