Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention developed and provided by our team of professionals and highly trained assistance dogs. We begin with the participants identified goals and use these to establish the direction of the sessions, nature of challenges, and canine most suited to the task. Our aim is to walk with our participants towards greater functioning, inclusion, and improved quality of life.
Studies show AAT can have significant benefits in working with children and adults with disabilities, mental health, behaviour maladjustment issues, and stress and anxiety, by building of the participants skills in communication, intra and interpersonal, and life skills covering social, emotional, cognitive, and physical functioning. Use of an assistance dog is supported by studies proving a well-trained dog has the impact of calming an emotionally charged situation, providing non-judgmental acceptance and interaction, promotes engagement whilst building on developing trust and connection. An assistance dog enables the participant to try new things, in a safe and supportive context.
AAT can take the form of weekly 1-hour sessions on site at our training centre; in the participant’s home; or out and about in the community – according to the needs and goals of the participant. Session are charged at $193.99 per hour regardless of setting, though an additional cost is calculated for travel time to and from the participant.
Get started today – contact your NDIS provider to find out if your plan can include Animal Assisted Therapy.
Our team consists of a qualified counsellor, education specialist and trained dog handler, with over 18 years’ experience in the field. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is an innovative way to build engagement, increase capacity, improve functioning, and build life skills.
Dogs have a great ability to mirror a participant’s emotions and behaviours providing immediate feedback for both the participant and practitioner, creating opportunities for growth and change.
Our team have current police checks, working with children checks and have completed the NDI5 awareness orientation training.
For more information contact Jo Baker 0439 618 706
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