Scientific research has shown that interaction with an animal can provide positive physical and emotional benefits. It can reduce stress levels and invoke a sense of well-being.
Animal-assisted therapy acts as a catalyst to motivate patients to help themselves. A child will happily take a dog for a walk, or throw the animal a ball, forgetting the pain for a little while and moving closer to achieving their goals.
- Get up, move, walk, leave their room, and play
- Participate in therapy (physical, occupational, and speech)
- Forget their discomfort or pain
- Interact more with others
- Improve their mood
- Improve their interactions with family and staff
- Do things that may be a struggle, such as eating, taking medication, or waiting
Abilities Through Agility
ChildServe offers the Abilities Through Agility(TM) program in cooperation with Paws & Effect, a volunteer organization of specially trained pet lovers and their pets.