Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is an intervention that uses animals as a part of a health care or treatment process. Animals can be especially therapeutic for individuals with an FASD. Animal assisted therapy can help individuals with an FASD with sensory overload issues and calming issues. AAT can also help an individual develop better abstract and concrete thinking, improve focus, increase attention span length, increase self confidence, help individuals understand the needs of others, and enhance an individuals overall well-being.
AAT can be very helpful for individuals with an FASD and individuals who have experienced abuse or neglect.
For more information visit the American Humane Society http://www.americanhumane.org/, Minnesota Therapy Animals website and 4 Paws for Ability website. For information on equine therapy, visit the Courage Center website and the Equul Access Inc. website.
“Each summer, my daughter participates in 10 weeks of horse therapy. For her, this is a way to experience something so peaceful and life affirming that she can’t help but kiss that horse every time she sees him.”
“After reading the book My Invisible World by Morasha Winokur, I realized that a service dog could really help my son. I did some research and found 4 Paws for Ability. My son’s service dog allows him to remain medication free, gives him some independence by acting as his external brain, calms him, keeps him safe, and plays with him.” -Marie, parent