Animal Assisted Therapy empowers children with a sense of control, normalizes the hospital and therapy environment by offering a companion animal and acts as a calming presence. Additionally, the use of specially trained dogs during therapy sessions helps children to be more motivated to meet their occupational, speech or physical therapy goals. Dogs are used at the therapist’s discretion and based upon factors such as interest and the child’s temperament and therapy goals. Check out our PAWH volunteers and therapy dogs as they visit kids for the holidays.
About the dogs and their handlers
All dogs used in the Animal Assisted Therapy program are certified as Delta Society Pet Partners. All dog handlers complete the Children’s volunteer application and orientation process. Dogs and their handlers are supervised by a therapist during the therapy session at all times.