Animal Assisted Therapy, Veterans and PTSD

Not long ago, I led an animal shelter’s animal assisted therapy program designed to help veterans re-integrate after returning from a tour of duty. One group included a young man who had enrolled in college after serving in the Middle East, but who struggled to relate to the other students. He was around the same…

Incorporating animals into occupational therapy settings

It’s well documented that animal assisted interventions result in statistically significant health benefits. That’s one reason why animal assisted therapy is increasingly popular with occupational therapists. Research by Mona Sams, Elizabeth Fortney, and Stan Willenbring, for example, documented that children with autism demonstrated significantly greater language use and social interaction in occupational therapy (OT) sessions…

3 simple steps that will protect your therapy animal’s welfare

When people think about partnering with their pets for animal assisted therapy, they often focus on the positive outcomes – the benefits their pets will bring to others. They know that this kind of therapy can help a wide range of clients, from struggling readers to veterans. They know how much pleasure their pets bring…