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
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. Including Kylo in your child’s sessions is a decision that should be made with input from your therapist.
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