Level of Difficulty: 3
In this world of technology, human-animal interactions may provide the following benefits to children
- Identifying with and understanding the feelings and motives of another.
- Bringing individuals out of themselves
- Listening skills.
- Developing a relationship of mutual trust or a feeling of connection or bonding.
- Seeking out or enjoying the company of others.
- Understanding the connection between happiness and communication.
Science Behind Pet Therapy
Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession.
AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. AAT is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature.