Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) at Frazier Rehab Institute is designed to promote physical movement, emotional well-being, cognitive functioning/awareness and social improvement for individuals with disabilities.
A version of the casual "meet and greet", AAT and AAA involve pets visiting people and can be repeated with many different individuals, unlike a therapy program that is tailored to a particular person or medical condition.
With the use of a service dog and specially-trained professional, AAT focuses on meeting specified goals and objectives for each individual and is provided in a variety of settings, both as a group session or individually.
Since AAT is physician-ordered, progress is measured, evaluated and documented, but sessions can be spontaneous and last as long or as little as needed. Some goals of AAT include:
Providing opportunities for motivational, educational, recreational and therapeutic benefits, Animal Assisted Therapy enhances the quality of life for patients treated at Frazier Rehab Institute.