Today's program resource is a state-by-state list of animal therapy organizations. Additionally there are a multitude of organizations that provide working with these therapy animals and your child through reading. Since this week is all about the significance of reading, we were ecstatic to find such a thorough resource!
To begin lets take a look at therapy animals in general and the comfort that they could provide your child during treatment...
What is Animal Therapy?
It is a guided interaction between the certified animal, an individual and the animals trainer. The purpose of this interaction is to provide comfort and help the individual cope with health problems or mental disorders.
What does Animal Therapy do?
The bond between humans and animals have been an established part of our nature for centuries and this type of therapy simply builds on this bond to accomplish progressive coping skills. According to Healthline.com it can help with [but not limited to]:
- improve fine motor skills
- improve assisted or independent movement
- increase self-esteem
- decrease anxiety or loneliness
- increase verbal communication
- develop social skills
- increase willingness to join in activities
- improve interactions with others
- motivate willingness to exercise