In Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) the human-animal bond is utilized to help meet therapeutic goals and reach individuals who are otherwise difficult to engage in verbal therapies.
AAT is considered an emerging therapy at this time, and more research is needed to determine the effects and confirm the benefits. Nevertheless, there is a growing body of research and case studies that illustrate the considerable therapeutic potential of using animals in therapy.
AAT has been associated with improving outcomes in four areas: autism-spectrum symptoms, medical difficulties, behavioral problems, and emotional well-being.
So, you decide you want to give AAT a try. Picking an animal companion to help you in a therapy session is the easy part. Effectively using your furry friend as a key player in the therapy environment can be a little more complex.
This course is designed to provide therapists, educators, and caregivers with the information and techniques needed to begin using the human-animal bond successfully to meet individual therapeutic goals.
After completing this course you will have covered 6 key areas:
- Identify the key features of AAT
- Name three examples of how to build communication skills using AAT
- Identify special considerations for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders
- List uses for AAT in occupational therapy and mental health practice
- Identify situations where AAT may not be appropriate
- List five ways to minimize risk in the practice of AAT
HealthCare professionals earn 2-CE credits or 0.2 CEUs