Human-animal contact, in a peaceful, natural environment, can have a profound effect on people.
People with a disability often respond to animals, in ways they find difficult with people. Our Animal Enrichment Program is a great way to deliver therapy for those that find it difficult to open up to people. The benefits are endless and the results, often, outstanding.
The benefits of our Animal Enrichment Program and working with animals include:
An entertaining and novel way to engage a client in a programme – this can increase a client’s motivation to be involved and work on goals. (Holcomb & Meacham, 1989)
Patting an animal can have a calming and soothing effect. A study of Animal therapy in a paediatric hospital show that the animal therapy significantly
improved the mood of children.
(Kaminski et al, 2002)
Animals are seen as non-judgemental companions and psychologically “safe” without the demands eg emotional, verbal etc of human companions (Biberman, J. 1981).
AAT pioneer, Samuel Corson said “a dog is a man’s best friend because he wags his tail and not his tongue.”
AAT has been shown to be helpful with children with autism - AAT with children with autism displayed fewer autistic behaviours ( eg spinning objects, humming/clicking,
hand posturing) and more socially appropriate and engaging behaviour.
(Redefer and Goodman) (1989)
Training a horse or dog can help skill development and improve self concept/self esteem.
(Walsh and Mertin, 1994).
Caring for animals can help people to feel a sense of acceptance that is necessary for the development of self-worth and competence.
Green Chimneys, which is a very established farm-based therapy programme, found that children (with behaviour/emotional problems) visited the farm animals
more when they were sad/angry as it made them feel better. (Mallon 1994a)
Meet our Animal Enrichment Team:
Bachelor of OT, Masters in Env Science (Animal Behaviour/Ecology),
Certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activities, Certificate 3 in Dog Training/Behaviour.
Our resident 'Horse Whisperer', Sally Clay has a Certificate 1 in Australian Natural Horsemanship (Ken Faulkner), plus and Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 1 & 2 qualifications, plus a Certificate III in Agriculture and Dairy (Dairy Production), and is a qualified Carer with a Certificate III in Community Care.
Give us a call on 07 5470 2830, if you would like to book your place in this program, our any of our daily recreational, educational or life skills programs.
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