Animal-Assisted Therapy vs Animal-Assisted Activities?

TD Mimsy.  Sometimes you just need someone to hug.Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT):

  • Goal-directed
  • Work with Physical, Occupational, & Speech Therapists
  • Therapy Animal is used to elicit specific response
  • May be documented to meet patient goals

Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA)

  • Promote socialization
  • Help to improve mood
  • Work with Recreational Therapists

AAT and AAA are valuable tools which can be used to promote well-being socially, emotionally, and physically.