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What do furry, soft, animals such as, cats and dogs have in common? These types of animals have
captivated hearts long ago with their cute whiskers and playful paws. Research has been conducted
for the effectiveness of implementing therapy with animals in the healthcare, school settings, and other
facilities.

The term to describe the therapeutic use of animals for social benefits, relieving stress or depression,
mental disorders, and healing chronic illnesses is commonly known as animal assisted therapy (AAT).
Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, even farm animals, take part in becoming effective tools to enhance quality
of life for individuals going through tumultuous times.

In children, with special needs, they often experience positive effects when interacting with animals.
This interaction gives them a sense of comfort, enhances recovery, and changes moods and behavior. 

Other benefits include:

Physical

  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Improve wheelchair skills
  • Improve standing balance

Mental Health

  • Increase verbal interactions between group members
  • Increase attention skills
  • Develop leisure and recreation skills
  • Increase self-esteem

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Reduce loneliness

Educational

  • Increase vocabulary

  • Aid in long-term or short-term memory

  • Improve knowledge of concepts such as size, color, etc

Motivational

  • Improve willingness to be involved in a group activity
  • Improve interactions with others
  • Improve interactions with staff

 

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