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. Cost 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…show more content…
1). Another concern for the use of animals in occupational therapy is how the therapist will obtain therapy animals (Cipriani et al., 2013, p. 215). If no suitable animals are immediately available from other sources, the cost of the therapist obtaining, training, and certifying their own therapy animal is not insignificant. However, if an animal is available from another source, whether it be a volunteer or an organization, proper investigation must be done to determine the reliability and legitimacy of the provider and of the therapy animal. Winkle suggests that appropriate therapy animals can be obtained from organizations that train professional assistance animals. Although therapy animals require different skills than assistance animals are trained for, much of the intermediate training and skills are the same (Winkle, 2012, p. 11). Ensuring proper animal care during therapy is another cause for concern. If the therapy professional owns the animal, then they have a familiarity with the care routine and responsibilities necessary to provide for the animal. However, therapist work days can be much longer than a typical 8-hour day, as patients may need to schedule appointments before or after work or school, and therapists working in hospitals may have longer than average shifts as is not uncommon in a hospital setting. Relatedly, for therapy
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