The Use Of Animal Assistance During The Therapy Sessions

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Incorporating Animals in Occupational Therapy Introduction We at ABC Therapy have consistently dedicated ourselves to the betterment of patients’ lives. To continue this dedication, I propose that we incorporate the use of animal assistance in our therapy sessions. The connection that men and women share with animals is immeasurable, and brings about a level of engagement that we only wish we could reach as humans. Do our current methods work? Yes, but to separate us from other clinics we need embrace that connection and apply it to our current methods. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) used by an occupational therapist (OT), can help make a patient’s goal easier to achieve. The fact that animals don’t speak or judge people seems to speak…show more content…
In his therapy session he used his dog to determine if his patients were more or less anxious when the dog was present. After many sessions he concluded that the mere presence of his dog in those sessions put to ease some of his patients. Animals & Therapy Looking at Fig. 1 The Lifestyle Performance Model, it shows the different activity based relationships that can be used as the basis for an occupational therapy program. Depending on how an occupational therapist structures a plan for a patient, any one or more of the relationship types could be used to facilitate improvement using an animal in therapy. The overall goal of an occupational therapist is to help enhance the quality of life of a patient. I believe using an animal in conjunction with the original therapy plan accomplishes this and should be considered. According to the Delta Society, an organization dedicated to promoting the human-animal bond, dogs, cats, guiena pigs, cockatoos, African gray parrots, horses, goats, chickens, donkeys, pot-bellied pigs, and llamas all can be used in AAT (Morrison 2007). In Fine’s handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy she lists a description of how different animals have been used to help patients receiving therapy. She states that dogs are the most versatile pets when it comes to helping patients with a variety of symptoms. Cats have been used for people that either prefer them over dogs or are just
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