Therapies

Health Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies and Activities

Who may benefit from Animal Assisted Therapies and Activities

AAT is used in the clinical care of the care of patients affected by Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Schizophrenia and Spinal injuries

The animals assume the role of co-therapist in the rehabilitative health treatment, with special indication for people with damaged psychomotor, emotional and communicative functions.
AAT and AAA provide benefits to a wide range of people that suffer from:

  • anxieties,
  • anorexia or bulimia,
  • autism,
  • behavioural, emotional and social development needs,
  • communication and interaction difficulties,
  • depression,
  • dementia,
  • learning difficulties,
  • low spacial awareness,
  • low attention spans,
  • low self esteem,
  • high blood pressure,
  • physical or sensory impairment,
  • sociality issues,
  • special needs,
  • trust issues.

Further Reading:

Effect of equestrian therapy and onotherapy in physical and
psycho-social performances of adults with intellectual disability

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Kia Gamby

Kia Gamby