Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that strategically incorporates the child-animal interaction into the therapy process. Goal-directed interventions are utilized in the treatment process to coincide with treatment plan goals. Here at Capable Kids of the North Shore, the process is guided by Taylor Johnson, OTR/L, who has been certified as a handler to work with her approved therapy dog, Kylo.

Potential Benefits of AAPT:

  • Increased Self-Regulation
  • Increased Problem-Solving Skills
  • Reduction of Anxiety and/or Depression
  • Ability to Assist in Grief/Loss Issues
  • Increased Self-Confidence
  • Increased Ability to Recognize Emotions
  • Improvement in Communication
  • Positive Relationship Development
  • Development of Social-Emotional Thinking Skills
  • Improvement in Cooperation and Motivation
  • Building Rapport and Trust
  • Increase in Attention & Impulse Control


About Kylo:

Kylo is very excited to begin working at Capable Kids of the North Shore. Kylo is a three-year-old male miniature bernedoodle, and he weighs ~40 pounds. He is American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) certified, a certified Emotional Support Animal (ESA), as well as a certified therapy dog through The Lincolnshire Animal Hospital Pet Therapy Group (LAHPTG). Kylo is a sweet, non-assertive, and gentle dog.┬áIncluding Kylo in your child’s sessions is a decision that should be made with input from your therapist.


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