Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is simply more than spending time with an animal. It involves specific therapeutic goals and strategies and outcome measures. Therapeutic experiences for an animal, as well as processing the experience of trying to achieve a given task.
Animal Assisted Therapy improves the mental, physical, social and emotional functioning with the aid of animals. Animal Assisted Therapy is gaining traction in numerous settings. Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland has a wealth of experience supporting children with assistance dogs.
Animal are accepting, non-threating and non-judgemental manner. Making it easier for people, children to open up.
What are the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy?
Some of the benefits of animal assisted therapy include:
Improve motor skills
Increased focus and attention
Increased self-esteem, self- confidence
Reduced anxiety, grief and isolation
Increased trust, empathy
Improved social skills
Reduced need for medication
Assistance Dogs NI have several Animal Assisted Therapy programmes throughout Northern Ireland.
We have an AAT programme within the following settings:
If you are thinking about availing of Animal Assisted Therapy in your particular setting please complete our Animal Assisted Therapy Enquiry Form.