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What is Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)?

Animal-Assisted Therapy uses animals in a series of goal-directed sessions to help children. These goals can be in the areas of physical, mental & emotional development, and/or social skills.

These goals include, but are not limited to, improving the childrens’ range of motion, strength and endurance, balance and mobility, and sensation. Cognitive and perceptual deficits could be addressed in such sessions. Children also receive psychosocial benefits such as building rapport, increasing self-esteem and motivation, and stress reduction.

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