The Use Of Animal Assisted Therapy For Treating Patients With Many Different Disabilities

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Contraindications With limited empirical research supporting the use and effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy, it is reasonable to suggest that the costs of implementing AAT into occupational therapy are not worth the benefits. Occupational therapy modalities are already effective at treating patients with many different disabilities and/or disorders—integrating a new type of therapy into occupational therapy is less convenient and more expensive than leaving an already effective therapy as is.
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Acquiring animals, supplies for proper animal care, and animal and therapist certification are monetary expenses not otherwise involved in occupational therapy. To alleviate these extraneous costs and the complications that could arise in the acquisition of an environment appropriate for animal interventions, virtual pet therapy could be employed. Wells indicated that watching animals in a video resulted in significantly lower heart rate and blood pressure when compared to individuals watching a soap opera or a blank screen (as cited in Morrison, 2007, p. 55). Animal-assisted therapy is not yet governed by one standardizing organization, therefore the need for policies governing the use of animals as therapeutic modalities is of great concern for animal care, use, and treatment regulation. The Delta Society has defined animal-assisted therapy, but universal regulations for its implementation do not yet exist. Without universal definitions and regulations regarding…

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