PAWS: Animal Assisted Therapy offers services delivered by a Certified Professional Practitioner in Animal Assisted Play Therapy/ Special Needs Teacher and approved therapy dog. Please contact Sarah for prices.
We are a mobile service that will visit your location. There is an additional fee of 40p per mile if the total journey exceeds 60 miles. Please note we are only able to work once a day due to animal welfare.
Animal Assisted Activities
Animal Assisted Activities are defined as informal therapeutic interactions with an animal. In these sessions, the clients are able to interact with Frank through games and nurturing activities. Frank is an approved AAPT™ dog and very much enjoys interacting with different people. Although not considered a therapy, Animal Assisted Activities provide many therapeutic benefits to individuals. It has been found through these interactions levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin increases. During AAA, interactions are spontaneous and there is no recording or evaluating of the session.
Animal Assisted (Play) Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy is facilitated by health service professionals; such as therapists, teachers and nurses. AAT is a goal-directed intervention and individualised plans are created based on these goals. There are a range of focus areas that can be developed with the use of AAT including, physical, social, emotional and mental health. Objectives can be taken from Educational Health Care Plans. Detailed reports are provided which can be used in annual reviews.
Sarah is certified in Therapeutic Play and Counselling Skills so can ensure the therapeutic environment is safe and meaningful. As children tend to have a natural affinity to dogs their integration can be very powerful. Dr Rise Van Fleet describes Animal Assisted Play Therapy as:
“the integrated involvement of animals in the context of play therapy, in which appropriately-trained therapists and animals engage with child, family, & adult clients primarily in play interventions aimed at improving the client’s psychosocial health, while simultaneously ensuring the animal’s well-being and voluntary engagement in the process. Play and playfulness are essential ingredients of the interactions & the relationship” (2013).
Sarah and Frank are able to work with many different client groups including individuals with:
Global Learning Delay
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorde
Speech and Language Delay
Please visit our Animal Assisted Therapy page to review research on the benefits of AAT.
Animal Assisted Education
Animal Assisted Education incorporates the animal into the learning environment. Children who are anxious about reading develop more confidence when reading to a non-judgmental friend. Here clients can practice and develop reading skills in a safe environment. Sarah is a qualified teacher and has experience of teaching children with complex needs so can assist in the reading experience. Maths and writing can also be focussed on in Animal Assisted Education.
Plans are created with goals in mind and detailed reports are provided.
We also offer are sessions surrounding canine body language and safety around dogs. Sarah has a certificate in Canine Communication and is able to communicate this with large groups in learning sessions. Please contact Sarah for more information.