By Cynthia K. Chandler
This ebook delineates Animal Assisted treatment (AAT) counseling strategies. Supported by way of case examples, the e-book explains tips to decide on, educate and assessment an animal for treatment paintings. The booklet examines moral concerns and hazard administration, offers a background of AAT, and discusses the newest empirical study within the box. the writer additionally comprises guidance for developing a university-based application for AAT education. pattern types for use in screening consumers and recording consultation facts are incorporated in addition to a sequence of separate illustrations (line drawings of animals) to facilitate the various suggested AAT thoughts. This ebook is designed to be used in education classes for AAT in counseling and similar courses (such as social paintings, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling). thus far, there is not any booklet devoted to educating innovations particular to AAT. This e-book will fill that want.
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Pigs can learn obedience commands and do fun pet tricks and be taught to use a litter box or a doggy door. Any farm animal is appropriate for therapy as long as it is healthy and not aggressive. There are some advantages as well as disadvantages to working with farm animals for counseling work (Burch, 1996, 2003). One major advantage is that most people do not have much opportunity to interact with farm animals so they hold one’s attention. Farm animals can give a client a sense of competence when working on a farm.
A large space is required to work with a therapy horse. A great deal of manure cleanup is required. Client transportation to the facility where the therapy horse is located may be a problem. For safety of the rider, work with a therapy horse usually requires a counseling team as opposed to just the one handler; other team members may serve as side-walkers or may be needed to lead the horse while the rider is in the saddle. Special equipment is required in working with a therapy horse. Horses require a great deal of time and expensive care.
Researchers reported that when these children were in the presence of the live therapy dog, they exhibited a more playful mood, were more focused, and were more aware of their social environments. Interactions with a therapy dog have been demonstrated to positively impact children with learning disabilities. A repeated measures control group design was used to observe 8 children with Down syndrome (Limond, Bradshaw, & Cormack, 1997). The children’s ages ranged from 7 to 12 years. The experimental session consisted of adult supervised interaction with a real dog for a 7-minute period, while the control group consisted of adult supervised interaction with a toy stuffed dog for a 7-minute period.