Animal Assisted Therapy And Occupational Therapy

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The advantages and disadvantages of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) are examined, with a particular focus on the implications of implementing animal-assisted therapy within occupational therapy. There is a lack of research on animal-assisted therapy to date, specifically in the context of occupational therapy and research conducted by occupational therapy professionals is even sparser. When considering the therapeutic application of animal-assisted therapy, it is important to acknowledge the accepted interpretations of what defines animal-assisted therapy and occupational therapy, the patient populations which could benefit from AAT, and the contraindications, limitations of current research, and further areas of study necessary for advancement in the realm of AAT. Animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) can provide meaningful occupations for individuals, making them a unique alternative to traditional occupational therapy interventions. Results of past studies reflect statistically significant benefits of animal-assisted therapy on a variety of characteristics and disorders, among patients of all ages, and within various populations. As animal-assisted therapy continues to gain in popularity as a therapeutic intervention, research on animal-assisted therapy and its significance for use in occupational therapy should be continued.
The Implementation of Animal-Assisted Therapy within Occupational Therapy Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a growing field of interest for
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